Thursday August 14 2014
Garcia: Roma outsiders!

Roma Coach Rudi Garcia says his side are outsiders for the Scudetto, but has thanked journalists for considering them favourites.

The Frenchman guided the Giallorossi to second place in Serie A in his first season in charge, with the Stadio Olimpico outfit many people’s tip to go one step further this year.

“I think our strength for the season will be to have two players per position of the same strength,” Garcia told a Press conference from the club’s Bad Waltersdorf training camp this evening.

“We need to maintain our will to win. It will be much harder compared to last season, but it will be interesting.

“In principle we are outsiders, but I am pleased that you consider us favourites!”

The former Lille boss then discussed how Roma are shaping up for the new campaign

“We won’t know until the start of the season whether we are ready or not. I am pleased we have kept the squad from last year.

“We need to integrate the new and young players and on this point it was planned to work harder on the physical side without considering the friendlies.

“Now we will focus on tactics, but it is normal that because of the World Cup not everyone is in the same physical condition.

“We know it will be hard, the first day of the League will allow us to immediately fight for every centimetre on the pitch for every second.

“Just going out onto the pitch isn’t enough to win matches. Fortunately we have experienced players.”

Garcia was also questioned on new signing Juan Iturbe and forward Mattia Destro.

“We need to give Iturbe time. He is improving physically and the important thing is he is very attentive. He needs to work on the balance between tactics and offensive creativity.

“We are all on the starting line. That’s an important attitude to have. Everyone is under discussion, players and Coaches.

“Everyone is important. Mattia played half a season doing very well. For him and for us it is important that he is prepared. Mattia is working well.”

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