Saturday August 2 2014
Keita: 'Garcia similar to Guardiola'

Ex-Barcelona man Seydou Keita said Roma Coach Rudi Garcia “reminds me of Pep Guardiola.”

The midfielder joined on a free transfer this summer and will face Inter at 18.00 UK time (17.00 GMT) in the International Champions Cup.

“I have come into a great squad and a united locker room,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“With players like Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi, Morgan De Sanctis, Mehdi Benatia, Miralem Pjanic and I’m surely forgetting others, we have everything it takes to enjoy a great season.

“We are working for the Scudetto and reinforced the team. I am confident, as now it’s up to us players.

“Pep spoke highly of me at Barcelona because he always recognised my work for the team. Garcia is similar and reminds me of Pep, as he too likes to see his team play good football via possession and control. They have the same credo: results are to be sought through good football.”

Keita was also impressed with captain Totti, now entering his 21st season in Serie A.

“The best compliment you can give Francesco is to admire the quality of his play aged almost 38. If he’s playing at this level at this age, then it means he’s a great professional who kept himself in shape.”

Roma and Juventus were the only clubs to be against FIGC Presidential candidate Carlo Tavecchio before his racist comments, but now numerous other Serie A sides are withdrawing their support.

“What makes the difference between people is not the colour of their skin, but the content of their character and reciprocal respect,” noted Keita.

“Anyone who doesn’t think that, and evidently this candidate for the Federation is in that category, does not deserve space in football or any sport.”

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