Astori: Garcia and Conte are great managers

Roma center-back Davide Astori, currently on duty with Gli Azzurri, held a press conference today at Coverciano:

Did you receive any messages in Roma about Lotito (referring to his failed transfer to Lazio)?
“In Roma there are several jokes but they’ll remain private.”

What are the differences between Garcia and Conte and systems of Roma and Juventus?
“The concepts are similar, De Rossi and Bonucci are players that serve as a filter and cover, they give us a big hand. The difference between the two coaches is subjective, they’re two excellent coaches and psychologically demanding and very devastating, they play a bit different, but very similar.”

What about your story on the transfer market?
“Cagliari is not a club that likes to sell players after one or two years. Six years are a lot, but I don’t regret anything about the choices I made with the club.”

With the market Roma had, you might feel like Juventus…
“We feel that we’re a very strong team, we started off on the right foot, the market was expensive, it’s important to try to win. We have the potential and mentality.”

What about the Champions League?
“It feels like a lot of pressure to try to do something in the Champions League and to fight for the championship. Juventus had ​​a monstrous season (last year). The defense is the department where there have been changes, he (Garcia) played only Torosidis who was there from last season. Now Castan went down so we will have to get used to it but they all have the features to do very well.”

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.