Garcia, Dzeko speak ahead of BATE meeting

Roma manager Rudi Garcia and attacker Edin Dzeko held a press conference today at Trigoria ahead of tomorrow’s decisive Champions League match against BATE Borisov.


How is Salah?
He’s fine, he doesn’t have 95 minutes in his legs but is ready.

Roma have conceded the most goals in the competition: can Rudiger and Castan play together?
There are possibilities: and not only in defense. We also have injured players which ensure our solutions are lower, but the options are there. Tomorrow we will have 18 guys on the pitch and the bench who will give everything for a victory. There is no other goal other than winning tomorrow. This match is won with desire: ours is immense.

Is Pallotta in Rome something a bit extra?
We are stronger with the president, we will be stronger with the fans tomorrow. I expect everyone to push in the same direction. We must show our hunger tomorrow, there are other components, but this match is like a Derby: you don’t play it, you win it.

What happened after the international break? We’ve been seeing a scared team.
A team that is scared doesn’t go to Turin and presses high throughout the match. A confident team doesn’t do this. Before the international break, which doesn’t seem like another era, Roma had won the derby and everything was beautiful and fantastic. Now after three or four games it’s been ugly and poor. My job is to create balance. The season is still long, but tomorrow is a game with no do-overs, and we want to win.


Certainly you’d like to score more?
If I’m not scoring it’s my own fault, I should have done better on some occasions such as when it was 1-0 against Torino, but there are positives for the future and what I’m able to do for the team. The goals will arrive.

Your current thoughts on your experience in Rome.
We started well this year. The season is still long, we must show we have character.

Tomorrow will be a decisive match but the stadium will be half empty: is this something you expected when you arrived?
If you want to win something you have to have the fans on your side. Just look at the matches against Juventus and against Barcelona at the Camp Nou: an empty stadium is sad, I hope that they will return as soon as possible because we need them to achieve our 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.