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.”

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.