Garcia’s pre-Torino press conference


Rudi Garcia’s thoughts before tomorrow’s match against Torino:

You very clearly stated that you were confident in winning the title: are you always so sure?
When I state an aim – in this case the Scudetto – I never change my mind. We’ve been working together for a long time and I have faith in my squad. We apply ourselves on a daily basis to achieve results and things have gone well so far. Two matches aren’t going to change my beliefs. We’re up for it and positive about the rest of the season. The guys have trained well this week and we’re on the same track as last term. We know we’ll be judged on results but we really believe we’ve done our job without betraying our footballing principles.”

You end a difficult period of matches: now it’s Torino…
We know it will be a tough game but we want to win. We can’t wait to play this match. We’ll be back in front of our own fans and we’re happy to play with them there. Roma fans have been very positive over the last few days and we always need to try and play to make them happy. We’ve closed another chapter on the Champions League and sit second with good chances of going through and now we’ll focus again on the league to continue down this path. It’s always better to win before an international break but we always play to get three points. Always, not just tomorrow. This has been an unusual period because we played two matches against Bayern Munich. We’ll do everything we can to play with enthusiasm and a smile on our faces tomorrow. As for Maicon’s absence, he’s very good going forward, but I’m not thinking about the players who won’t be involved tomorrow. I’ve never done so. We have to adapt and whoever plays needs to be a bit more daring. Then, over the following two weeks, we’ll have time for other players to return from injury.”

Will De Sanctis lose confident (referring to the rotation)?
There are no issues for me. De Sanctis will play against Torino tomorrow. He’s an important player for us.

Are you impressed that at age 38, Del Piero was forced to leave while Totti still plays at Roma?
In France we have a different attitude with players who get to a certain age. And I’ve learned, by watching Francesco every day, that talent is not linked to age. He still has faith, desire, quality and is effective. He’s incredible on that score. I’ve learned in Italy that players like these make an important contribution to the team.

Has Destro been overly-criticized?
Mattia just has to convince the coach and I believe he’s an important player. He’s a goalscorer and will do his bit over the coming matches. He’s scored four goals in the league and is our top scorer. He, just like everyone else, can’t play every game. I make certain decisions to help the players and above all the team.

What about Bayern gave you the most trouble?
We tried to play our game in the first match but things went awry. We didn’t risk too much in the second game and I’m sure we could have scored at least one goal. But now we have to move on and think about Torino, playing with our usual aggression and solidity. And we need to go back to being more clinical in front of goal. We have to score one more goal than them, that will be our approach.

How you deal with these absences?
You can’t always be 100% physically, especially when you play every three days. It’s normal that we have less energy now, in November, in such a busy period in terms of matches. Either way I’m happy with our fitness levels and they will improve. Tomorrow it will be four days since our previous match and I’m sure we can put in a good performance.

Will Kevin play for the Primavera?
He will be in the squad and will be on the bench. He won’t play for the Primavera.