Rudi Garcia’s Pre-Genoa Press Conference

Rudi Garcia gave his usual pre-match press conference on the eve of the Giallorossi’s encounter with Genoa.

(Transcript via Marco Buccino of Roma News)

A 4-2-3-1 without De Rossi?
“Everything is possible. We have not just Daniele suspended, but also Castan and Ljajic. We’ll do without them. In midfield we have solutions to play a 4-3-3 but we can also change the system to 4-3-1-2 or 4 -2-3-1, it doesn’t matter. If we need another system, the players are ready.”

In an eventual midfield trio, Strootman or Pjanic is more suitable as central?
“Rodrigo Taddei, but also Nainggolan or Strootman. Making Pjanic play lower I think it is a choice that doesn’t bring him to an area useful for the team.”

Is the team a bit too nervous?
“We changed some statistics in Turin because we had two ejections, I have fair-play footballers, it is not a problem, I do not care even a second.”

What is not working as before?
“No, the problem is that we had ten wins in a row and it was a great route, at the beginning they were all there, and then I lost the Captain, Gervinho and others, before the break we got seven points out of nine and then we lost to Juve, but we have prepared this game in the best way, it was important to win on Thursday in the Coppa Italia, now we continue on this path, we have to score to win. When we see that we conceded three goals against Juve the statistics changed, the statistics give information, but we can say everything.”

Jedvaj hasn’t debuted yet…
“For me, the quality is not a matter of age but of experience. I expect him to be ready, I have a hierarchy in my head, tomorrow there will Benatia and Burdisso, but if we have a problem he is who comes on, he has to work a lot more, he must learn all about Italian football, but it is normal. Some young people play in this team, right?”

How will you face the absence of De Rossi?
“Not a problem, I’m not one to complain if one does not play, that’s why we have a roster, to have the ability to choose and to get one when the other can not play, Daniele is an important player, but it’s useless to speak of those who can not play, I trust 100% who will play tomorrow, I saw Nainggolan doing well, Daniele has qualities, but tomorrow we have to keep possession of the ball, attack, and above all put this team in difficulty, we saw that against Sampdoria Skorupski has played a good game, but he had little to do, we conceded few shots and this is important to me.”

Switching field between Roma and Juve?
“I speak only of the championship.”

“Pjanic and Dodo are fine, they are both in the squad for tomorrow. I have 6-7 strikers except Ljajic, but they can play together, they are required to roam across the front line, I do not want a static center forward, if we want to be effective and give trouble to the opponents we have to move and change positions.”

Isn’t it frustrating to end the first round on 44 points with Juve ahead?
“44 points would be great, the projection is for the Scudetto or the Champions league, that’s what I want, get back into Europe, if we win tomorrow and we hope to do it is good to have 44 points after 19 games.”

Genoa without Gilardino? Florenzi playing less and worse…
“Now he is better, in December he was not at the top, I prefer him to play an hour or seventy minutes, he has made a great start to the season, he is one of the top-scorers, he can help us on all levels, there are no problems. It is true that Gilardino will not play, I like him a lot, but I have no doubt that who play will be motivated and will also play a good game, they have talented players and they also have a coach who knows the team well, we have no choice, the only choice we have is to do everything to win and get the three points.”

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