Garcia’s Pre-Catania Press Conference

Rudi Garcia’s words on the eve of the match against Catania:

Could Castan and Romagnoli play together tomorrow?
“Toloi won’t be called because he can’t make it and Castan had a problem today too, but we have other good options at the back. Romagnoli is fine, but Benatia also lacks of full match fitness. There is Jedvaj, De Rossi, we will have two players to start the game, so we will be competitive even with all these problems.”

What’s missing for Italian football in Europe?
“It is difficult to say anything, I just think about what we will do next year. It will not be easy because you can play up to 4 tournaments and this year we saw what happened to Napoli. If we want to represent Italy with the ability to move forward, we must ensure that we are ready and have confidence.”

The final (Coppa Italia) in Rome this evening?
“We did everything we could to qualify, Napoli deserved. These are two teams that play well and I hope to see a good show. It will be a full Olimpico, we will watch the game from Catania.”

What has disappointed you the most of Italian football?
“The stadiums, we need to see the project through that Roma are developing. Juventus is one to follow, and this year we have seen how important it was. It will be even better for the fans in the stadium again, even if the Olimpico is fantastic.”

“I’m totally motivated for tomorrow’s game. I want us to make it ten straight wins. Out team is hungry and willing to win, it’s important to keep playing well. As a professional you always have to give your best and respect the opposition.”

Have you read Pjanic’s words?
“I read that he said important things about PSG and Barça, he answered very well especially on Roma. He feels fine, he loves the fans and they love him, he said that but it did not come out. He answered politely on PSG, who doesn’t like Barça’s game? I am very optimistic.”

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.