Garcia’s pre-Inter press conference

Rudi Garcia spoke ahead of tomorrow’s match in Rome against Inter:

How is Maicon?
He plays with so much physical strength which really helps Roma’s play offensively. He returned to training with the group and is called (against Inter) – we’ll see if he can go from the start.

Anything on CSKA?
Enough of this nonsense, I’m here to talk about the important things – this team has nothing to hide.

Mancini’s second match with Inter…
He has won titles – and not only with Inter. I never like to see a coach get sacked before the end of the season. Because when a club makes a choice that seems right, sometimes it does not work at times with some good results. I do not like that, not only for Inter but for all clubs.

Ljajic has played very well…

I make sure to put the players on the field, the credit goes only to them. Adem must be decisive and he is right now. Physically he’s well, he runs more and has this incredible ability. He’s fine and helps Roma. I expect more from him. My role is to push the players to give their best and even more. There is still ways to go, everyone has their own story and I hope that he is important for Roma and we will win titles together.

What is needed to overcome the match against Bayern?
I think we have due to passed time, parity after we showed that we were ready against Sampdoria. It’s not easy to play on that field (against Bayern). Except for the first half in Naples, there is not a single where I have regrets – even in the Champions League.

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