Rudi Garcia said “this is the Roma I wanted” after a dominant performance to beat Juventus 2-1.
Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko got the decisive goals before a late Paulo Dybala effort.
“This is the Roma that I wanted,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“This is the Roma that produced great football for my first 18 months at the club. The collective desire of everyone in the team, including those on the bench, gave us extra strength.
“We knew that we had great players, even if in defence I was limited in my choices. I didn’t want Lucas Digne to start, because he hadn’t played since July, but he knows my football well.
“I always think of the collective and am above all happy for my players. We could’ve done a lot better when 2-0 up against 10 men, as after the opening goal we forgot to press Juve. Until then the pressing had been perfect.
“It is just the start of the season, so this type of performance indicates the path we need to follow. We hope to smile like this throughout the campaign. It’s a good start, for now.”
Dzeko was on target and Garcia explained a little about the tactical plan.
“We had prepared to put pressure on Giorgio Chiellini and Martin Caceres, which helped us to win back some very interesting balls.
“We knew that when Roma play one-touch football, it increases the quality in attack and that is how to beat a strong Juve side.”