Thursday April 10 2014
Garcia: We can win Destro appeal

Rudi Garcia believes Roma will be successful in their appeal against Mattia Destro’s ban, as the Coach reveals how he loves the Giallorossi.

The capital club are facing the next four rounds without their in form striker, after video evidence this week on a punch against Davide Astori saw him handed a further three-game suspension on top of an automatic one-match ban for accumulated yellow cards.

However, the club are appealing the decision and their Coach believes they have a legitimate case.

“I do not believe that Roma are being persecuted, I do not think about these things,” clarified Garcia first to LA7 this week.

“The only thing that matters is doing well and if Destro is not there then there will be someone else.

“The appeal? It is logical that we can win it. He is not a violent player, at all. Football is a contact sport, players fight to take position on the field and these things happen.

“It is true that Mattia gave him a slap, but the referee saw everything, he whistled against him and normally the rule states that there can be no video evidence when the referee saw the situation.

“I think now this is more than video evidence.”

Garcia has Roma currently second in the Serie A standings, eight points behind Juventus with six rounds left to play.

“Roma are having a record season, but it is not over yet, we need to move forward. The Scudetto is not up to us, we look forward with respect to Juventus’ results.

“I’m in love greatly with Roma. And I love my players as if they were children. How can you coach a team if you do not love the squad? For me it is not possible.

“When we choose a player on the market, before everything I want to know what kind of man they are, because with good men it is much easier to move ahead and get the results. I’m very ambitious.

“Totti? The greatest men are always more normal and humble, playing for the team and he is one of us.

“He always thinks for the good of Roma, Francesco is one of the greatest players in the history of calcio, one who with this talent can also show it across Europe. Too bad for this year, but next year we will be there.

“Our philosophy of play? These days it is a bit harder for everyone, not only in Italy but in France too, people come to the stadium to have fun. And the game has to be a spectacle.”