Rudi Garcia wants “my spectacular Roma from the first 18 months,” hinted Edin Dzeko is on his way and hailed Iago Falque.
The Coach sat down for a Press conference as pre-season training began this week.
“I see the fans are very enthusiastic. There are many families and we won’t forget that we were all children observing our idols with that look in our eyes. The children are the future of the Roma support.”
Garcia was specifically asked if he had anything to say about Manchester City striker Dzeko.
“We are looking for new players and someone will certainly arrive,” was the response.
Transfer speculation is in full swing with Milan stepping up their offer for defender Romagnoli, who spent last season on loan at Sampdoria. Is he important to Garcia?
“All the players are important, including the young ones. Every young player who arrived in the first team during my stay has been very polite and prepared to take advice. That means there has been great work in the youth academy.
“The team is almost the same as last year apart from Iago Falque. He is a real football player. I discovered him as a person and he’s very humble with great quality and values. He’ll help us a great deal.
“On the market we are working in sync with (President James) Pallotta and (director of sport Walter) Sabatini.
“I want to keep everyone and there will be new players arriving. We mustn’t rush things, but I can assure you we will have a competitive squad. We’re seeking three specific roles and at times it is best to take it slow. That is our strategy this summer.”
There were reports this summer that Garcia could be sacked after a downturn in performances and results.
“There’s no point talking about last season. I am relaxed and things have not changed. I am not weaker, nor stronger, than when I first arrived.
“The future is today. We are concentrated only on preparing for the new campaign and as you know I appreciate common sense.
“Last year we finished second again despite changing the entire back four, so that means the whole team defends well. We were less effective in attack.
“I won’t change my mind on the quality of our football. If we play well, then we have a better chance of winning. In the second half of the campaign, our style changed a bit. We were sitting back more and going on the counter, but that also depended on the team at my disposal.
“What I hope is that we can go back to having the spectacular and attack-minded Roma of my first 18 months, because people come to the stadium in order to be entertained.”
Garcia was criticised for saying Roma were “not that far” from Juventus in terms of quality.
“In my view we are on the up. The objective is to qualify for the Champions League for the third year running. We are outsiders in Serie A and Juve remain the favourites, but we’ll do everything to trouble them just as we always have done.
“Obviously ambition is different to objectives and can be without limits. We were unable to get a trophy for various reasons, but must be ready to take advantage if the favourites slip.
“We need a perfect season, but I know that it can happen. I experienced it with Lille and hope to do so again with Roma. The important thing is to make as few mistakes as possible.”
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