Garcia’s pre-Milan press conference

Roma manager Rudi Garcia held his pre-match press conference today at Trigoria, here are his words:

A comment for what took place in Genoa…
We felt in danger on more than one occasion and that has no place in a football stadium. The rules in Italy sometimes strike me as strange, but we must respect them all the same. For example, receiving a two-game ban without being questioned, on the basis of what one steward has said, is something that I’ve never experienced before. Listen here: the more they bother us, the more we’ll fight. The more difficult it gets, the more we’ll attack. Case closed. I can’t say anything more on the matter.

What is your reaction after being dismissed from the Champions League?
We weren’t able to beat Manchester City, but the players did very well to react and win away at Genoa. We should’ve scored at least twice, given the amount of chances we created. We played well and I’m confident ahead of Saturday’s match against Milan. We’ll be ambitious as always and try to get the win.

How about Milan? They played well against Napoli, a team Roma struggled against.Milan are a good team, but it’s our last home match of the year and we’ll be doing everything we can to put three points under the tree. They’ve changed managers and some of the players are different, but they’re still AC Milan. We’ll do what we always do and try to play our game. Perhaps we’ll try to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal, but the team is in good physical shape and we’ll give everything we have to get the win. Menez? I know him very well. He’s a talented player, he’s French and he’s been involved with the national team. He’s a very good player with an unpredictable side to his game, so we’ll need to be at our best to contain him.

There are some problems at left-back…
We’ll have to wait and see whether Holebas is suspended or not. In any case, I’ve got several options in that position and I’m sure that whoever plays will do very well. I have total faith in my players.

A comment on Juve?
I don’t care about any other teams. I’m focused on my team and we’ve got an important match tomorrow against AC Milan. I want my players to concentrate on this match.

You’ve been at Roma two years, have your feelings changed?
This is my second Christmas at Roma, but our league ambitions haven’t changed. We’re second at the moment and we want to be first.

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.