Garcia’s pre-Atalanta press conference

Rudi Garcia spoke ahead of tomorrow’s match in Bergamo against Atalanta, here are his words:

Castan’s situation: did you want to say something?
We are all with Leo – it’s obvious, after this intervention in early December he will again be able to go back to being a Roma player. Let’s leave him alone for now, he is a warrior and will be back to 200%.

How is Roma after the break?
Apart from Mapou returning injured, the others are fine. Even the Africans have had enough time to play tomorrow in Bergamo, it’s an important match like all in the season. We are all focused on this challenge.

Alternating goalkeepers tomorrow?
Tomorrow De Sanctis will play. He’s fine, he had 15 days to work and is fine on the physical side. Morgan is a plus for us as a keeper – he keeps everyone awake.

Allegri said that it would be a failure if Roma finished second…
We do not need statements as external pressure, we have the hunger and desire to win every game. We are ambitious, but now – the only match that matters is tomorrow.

When will Maicon come back?
He’s getting better. We evaluate him day by day, he is close to returning, but he won’t be called for tomorrow. Defensively we are a bit stretched, even if we are the second best defense in Serie A, we’ve suffered two penalties and a non-existent offside goal.

The future of De Sanctis?
Morgan is a very important player for us – not for just this season.

Can you confirm that it will take Castan six months to return? There are rumors of an exchange of Pjanic for Rabiot…
On Leo, I’m not a doctor, there are professionals who decide his case. We need to leave him alone, but it’s clear – he’ll train with us. As for the swap, I don’t even bother to assume these things. Let’s see if Walter thinks it’s better to add a player or if we have to send some out on loan. The roster that worries me is the one that will be on the field tomorrow.

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