Wednesday April 16 2014
Garcia: Roma project key

Roma Coach Rudi Garcia says the chance to build a project was one of the key factors that lured him to the Giallorossi last summer.

Approaching the end of his first season at Stadio Olimpico, the Frenchman says he now feels at home in the Italian capital and wants to build on his team’s ‘exceptional’ progress this season.

He also revealed that the first time he felt like a true ‘Romanista’ was after his side’s derby win over Lazio.

“I’ve never made a choice based on money,” Garcia told the Huffington Post. “I make decisions based on the project and it’s for this reason that I’m at Roma.

“The American owners want to make this one of the biggest clubs in Europe and they are right.

“We need to finish this exceptional League season in the highest possible position. After that, we need to give our best in the Champions League and fight for the Scudetto.

“But in order to do that we need to all sit down around a table with the directors and see what we can do, especially in an economic sense.

“I am ambitious and sometimes impatient, but I also know that Rome wasn’t built in a day!

“I am very happy here and I want to win trophies here. Even if there were another 15 points on offer that would still seem unlikely for this season, though.

“But it is the target we are working towards.

“To tell the truth, I already knew the city before I came. I knew how beautiful it is. But now I am starting to discover the Rome of the Roman people, rather than the Rome of the tourists.

“I became a ‘Romanista’ after the derby! That was when the click happened.

“It was talked about a lot beforehand, but we only had one thing on our mind – to win and to make up for what had happened in the past.

“I don’t want to sound old but I think we give too much to players too soon. You could say it’s the fault of the system, the sponsors and television.

“I have never seen a player ‘steal’ a living from a President as such, but it needs to be explained to a young player that everything you earn should come from hard work.”

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