Rudi Garcia: “Totti? I don’t want my best player injured…”

Here are the words of Roma manager Rudi Garcia to Sky Italia after the match against Torino:

Roma have played a quality match — are things more peaceful?
I always have been (peaceful), as I said yesterday. I have confidence in my guys. We won playing our game, short passes and with a lot of movement. We saw a smart Roma, we were 100% on the physical side.

I don’t want my best player injured — when he was last season we endured a difficult period.

What did you say to him in the dressing room?
I told him what I just told you. He’s a great champion and wants to score goals.

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.