Tuesday April 1 2014
Garcia: 21 points needed

Roma Coach Rudi Garcia believes his side could make the race for the Scudetto interesting if they secure 21 points from their last eight matches.

A win for the Giallorossi tomorrow against Parma would mathematically guarantee Champions League qualification and take them to within eight points of leaders Juventus.

“I’d say it is a final,” Garcia told reporters at his pre-match Press conference. “The maths say that if we win tomorrow we are in the Champions League.

“But then again it’s better that we qualify directly rather than having to play preliminary rounds. For the moment we just need to win.

“We need to win as many games as possible and the one we have in hand, which is tomorrow. Then we will see, even if Juve draw matches they are losing points.

“It’s in our hands to get second place, but if we can challenge to finish higher then great.

“There are eight games for us and seven for them. With 21 points we could maybe do something, until the maths say otherwise we need to believe we can do it.

“We need to win tomorrow, it’s not a foregone conclusion as Parma are fighting for the Europa League. They had 16 good results in a row but have now suffered two defeats.

“It doesn’t matter who we are playing, we are hungry and we are motivated.

“We will assess everything after 38 matches. I want to see a Roma that have broken records at the end of the season, we will work and strive to achieve that.

“I’m pleased that whenever we lose the ball we press to get it back quickly, we work as a team.

“It shows that the attackers understand that to attack you need to get the ball and to get it you need to win it back.

“It’s better that we work as a unit rather than just having the defence defending.”

The Frenchman was then asked whether his squad were already good enough to play in the Champions League.

“We know that every year is different in respect to the previous year. Roma will change but for the moment we’re not talking about that.

“What I can say is that it’s always easier to build a great squad when you have more money.

“It depends however on the financial power of the club. This year we have put some money away and we have put together a team that is doing great things.”

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