Garcia: “We were patient…”

Rudi Garcia to Sky Italia after his team’s 2-0 victory over Hellas Verona this evening:

When you become great, it’s a major disadvantage that the provincial teams play very closed at the back…
“Yes, but we were good to be patient. We started well, maybe not with very precise shots. At the break, I told them that you have to run with the ball and find space. Then Ale’s goal came and Mattia made a fantastic goal. We had 20 shots and 70% of possession so that’s okay.”

Does it mean something that Roma scored when Florenzi and Gervinho came on: you started with a slow trident…
“Yeah, it’s of great significance, it means that Adem and the captain have worked enough to ensure that when Florenzi and Gervinho came on, the opponents were already tired.”

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.