Garcia speaks after the victory over Empoli

Rudi Garcia spoke to Sky Italia after his team’s 1-0 victory over Empoli in Tuscany:

Roma had to win and they did: but was it enough?
“Empoli has played well, it’s good that we have studied this team. To put them in trouble we knew we had to exploit them on the wings. We did so and it was essential. We lost too many balls in the second half and we hardly ever got deep. Don’t forget, though, that if we scored with Maicon it would have seemed less difficult.”

If he plays well, is all forgiven with Maicon?
“He made a good first (match), perhaps when he hit the post he could’ve done better.”

How is Castan?
“We know his quality, but Astori has also joined this great defense. We took precautions for Leo, he had a small problem with a muscle, perhaps because he is just returned. I took him off because we play in 4 days.”

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