Garcia’s Pre-Verona Press Conference

Rudi Garcia spoke today on the eve of the Giallorossi’s clash with Hellas Verona in Veneto.

Verona poses a challenge?
“They’re a team who have been great in the league, especially at home. They have strong players up front, there is Luca Toni, Iturbe, a team who at home always makes beautiful things happen, but we know that and it does not change anything in our ambition, we’ll go there to win and get the three points. We know that perhaps it will be difficult, but we must also make it difficult for Verona.”

Will you rotate the team? Destro’s place?
“When there are three games in seven days it is more difficult to manage the team, but the game against Juve was four days ago and tomorrow it will be the fifth day, for me it’s like a normal week. Physically, every player on our side will be ready.”

“For me it’s pointless to talk about this because we do not have our destiny at our feet, there is a team ahead by eight points. We have to win tomorrow and continue like this and be ready if they drop points.”

Are Roma the team who play best football in the league?
“I wouldn’t dare say that. The system of our game is what I want to see, playing with enthusiasm, having a strong team spirit, and never giving up. We must stay like this until the end of the season.”

Annoyed by Blanc’s statements on Pjanic?
“Everyone is responsible for his words. What I liked was the club’s answer, which has been clear. There is no negotiation and Miralem is not for sale. So stop.”

Destro? Can he play with Totti?
“We have already seen them together in the last game before the break, he did not play against Juventus, but he played and scored against Livorno. Everyone must be ready and Mattia is. The good news before the break was to see him on the field. He has the goal in his veins, for me at the moment everything is fine in attack , the attackers are the players who give more in a game, especially on the flanks. I must have them all available to be able to win games, especially the one we will play tomorrow.”

Do Roma need one or two more defenders?
“We signed Bastos for this reason, because we know that he can play at left foward and left wing as he did at Lille, but also left-back. He’s a choice for a versatile player, not just a great player but also a man of great quality. I knew that it would have been easy for him to get in this locker room, because it is a beautiful one, all get along well together. About the central defenders, we have Jedvaj, Romagnoli, De Rossi can drop back as he has already done before. To me there is no urgency, we will see, we still have a little time to evaluate, but we can stay like this, it is not a problem.”

What’s Pjanic and Benatia’s condition? Will you watch Lazio vs Juve?
“I do not know if I will watch it, if we have time I will, of course. Mehdi has been training with the team and he’s fine. Miralem suffered a blow and we have been cautious but tomorrow there should be no problems.”

Could the arrival of Nainggolan push Pjanic to leave?
“You have to ask Miralem, I can tell you that there is no doubt from us. When players play for a strong team, for them, it is a good thing to see a strong player signed to help the team They are clear and they know that with a strong player there is more we can achieve and help us reach our goals easier.”

Torosidis is a better player than Dodo?
“No, Dodo is a great talent, he is growing up well, Torosidis is reliable. It’s better to have choices to make for a coach. For me, it is great news, but not new, to see Torosidis at this level.”

Has the win over Juve helped the morale?
“Especially for the way we lost in Turin it was important to win this game because we had this opportunity at home, that changes it all when it comes to big matches, the field can help a lot, we did not need to be reminded that we are strong, but now we are sure. This can help the team, if needed, on a psychological level, but I don’t think we need it. We progressed in the Coppa Italia, and this can be an interesting season.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.