Saturday April 12 2014
Garcia: 'Hugely satisfying Roma'

Rudi Garcia said it was “hugely satisfying for a Coach to see” Roma’s interplay leading to goals against Atalanta.

“We could’ve avoided conceding the late goal and been more consistent throughout the game, but apart from that I saw a great Roma,” he told Sky Sport Italia after a 3-1 victory.

“The team play and scoring opportunities were wonderful. I loved the second and third goals, which were created by the collective. That is hugely satisfying for a Coach to see.”
Adem Ljajic broke his goal drought and provided an assist, while he also hit the woodwork, but is still only a benchwarmer.

“When the team really works and scores so many goals, decisions have to be made. It’s equally important to keep the other players on their toes and I had no doubts they’d be ready to give the best performance tonight.

“It was very important to extend our lead over third place and to keep the title race alive.”
Rodrigo Taddei scored his second goal in a couple of weeks, so will Garcia put in a word for a contract renewal? The 34-year-old’s current deal expires in June.

“I will say something when the time comes. It’s not just about Rodrigo, as for the moment we have to focus on ending the season with as many victories as possible, as first place is not yet out of reach.”

Rafael Toloi did well to fill in for the injured Mehdi Benatia in an all-Brazilian back four.

“Against Torino he already had a great performance, beaten only by a world class Ciro Immobile goal. Tonight he showed how good he is at reading the game, anticipating passes and is strong technically and physically.”

Garcia was asked about how Roma will prepare for their Champions League campaign next season.

“The dream of a Coach when a team has a season like this is to maintain his squad and strengthen it with more signings. Of course, only the President knows Roma’s economic strength next year.

“What I do wish is that we don’t just go into the Champions League and play only the group phase with no chance of going into the knockouts. We want to enter that tournament and really have our say.

“At the moment there are many great teams in Europe and it’s a long path for us to join them, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will Roma be.

“In Europe as well as Serie A it is important to keep the tempo up, prevent opponents from coming out of their own half in a relaxed manner and ensure we are difficult to play against.”

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