Garcia happy with victory, criticizes Madrid’s Pepe

Roma boss Rudi Garcia expressed his delight at Roma’s performance but was also visibly angry at Real Madrid center-back Pepe after the Portugese international, reportedly, spit in the face of Roma midfielder Seydou Keita, who retaliated by throwing a water bottle at the defender and refusing to shake his hand.

“I hope people will see on the TV the images of what’s happened between Pepe and Keita because I don’t believe champions should behave this way. I don’t want to say anything more about this issue. We struggled in the first half, but that’s normal playing against Real Madrid. They’re a great team who will soon be playing in the European Super Cup against Sevilla. I liked the approach of my team, although we suffered early on, we got our reward in the second half. Even at difficult points, we knew we could win this match.”