Garcia’s Pre-Sassuolo Press Conference


Rudi Garcia has spoken today before the Giallorossi travel to Emilia-Romagna to take on Sassuolo.

The condition of Pjanic and Maicon? How is Pjanic’s knee?
“He’s fine, but Maicon did not train completely. They’ll come with us tomorrow.”
It’s time to revive Ljajic?

“All (players) are  important, then there is an attack that I decide to use and it works well. You need to see things in a positive way, there is a trident that works and others must help the team when they enter, being as effective as Florenzi against Torino. Since the beginning of the season, we are all united, we must back him until the end. It does not matter who starts the game, we need everyone. There are still two matches soon after this one, all must be ready.”
Are you thinking of the future — maybe the Champions League? How will you organize?
“It is not the day to talk about this. Tomorrow is an important day and we must also be focused throughout the season. For now, we have not achieved anything, we are fighting for the Champions League. It would be nice and it’s our goal to enter it (Champions League) directly, then we’ll talk with Walter and the president to understand how we can possibly improve our team. It’s too early to talk about this now.”
This week President Pallotta talked about the renewal of Pjanic, have this distracted the boy?
“No, he’s focused on the game against Sassuolo . For me, there will be no problems, he must speak with his agent now. I’m not worried, I spoke with the player for a long time, he has to be focused on the field. It’s important to stay focused on the game and season that is not over, we’ll talk more together individually.”

Pallotta said he offered you a renewal and you refused. Why?
“This is your interpretation. I’m under contract, even my individual case is a thing that won’t be resolved quickly. I’m fine here, I’ve always said this. We’ll see at the end of the season, what matters is qualifying for the Champions League and then we’ll work on the next season . There is nothing to say. I always talk with the president, as well as I do with management. You have to talk to the whole club, this is normal.”

Is having a game in hand an advantage or disadvantage?
“It will be an advantage, but we’ll talk about this later. Only Parma and us will play, but we’ll talk more about it next week. The problem may be going to Cagliari. There are days to recover.”
Totti has pushed the National team aside. Destro, however, is close to the Azzurri?
“Everywhere I went, if I had players who were already in the national team, I always said things regarding the intentions of the player. When a club is second in the league, players can be in demand as opposed to a club who’s worse in the standings. I think it’s an advantage for all our Italian players to have a chance at the World Cup. Everyone does their, but Prandelli must decide. It’s normal that they deserve it, I say nice things.”
Tomorrow is Napoli-Juve: who do you hope wins?
“I hope to win at Sassuolo . It will not be easy, I remember the first game had a result that is contrary to our expectations. Before that match we had 10 wins and 1 draw, everyone said the match was already won. Tomorrow we have to be more than 100% . They have dangerous players. First we have to win , then every other result will be positive for us, then we’ll take points from all or one of them.”

Turnover for Gervinho?
“Everything is possible. I first need to evaluate things, for the moment, all is well on the physical side for him. He is important to the team, but he is on the same level as the others. His profile is original, he likes to be on the field, but if he needs to make space for others he can take a break.”

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.