Sunday March 30 2014
Garcia: 'Rizzoli did well'

Roma boss Rudi Garcia admits he’d like Napoli to beat Juventus tonight and praised referee Nicola Rizzoli.

He spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 2-0 victory away to Sassuolo, decided by Mattia Destro and Michel Bastos.

“I would like Napoli to win tonight. It’s true there is a big gap between us and Juve, but if they lose then it will be smaller,” smiled the Coach.

“Until it becomes mathematically impossible, we have to keep looking forward.”

It is a quandary, as Napoli are hoping to snatch second place away from the Giallorossi, which is valid for automatic Champions League qualification.

Roma did their duty today, winning away to Sassuolo after only drawing with the minnows at the Olimpico in November.

“That game is one of our only real regrets. They did well to believe until the end and snatched their equaliser in Rome.

“Our strategy today was to press them high up the field, then Radja Nainggolan and Rodrigo Taddei did well to win back possession on the goals. I also won’t forget Bastos and Destro kept their cool with the finish in front of the goalkeeper.

“We knew it wasn’t easy against a team fighting for safety. I liked our performance until the penalty-non-penalty incident.”

That was a very strange moment before half-time, as referee Rizzoli at first awarded the spot-kick for Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Nicola Sansone, then changed his mind.

“I think the referee did very well, as he was the one who had to make the final decision. I think the goal line official told him it was a penalty, while Rizzoli asked the player to be honest. Honesty always pays off and I compliment the Sassuolo player.”

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