Garcia’s pre-Napoli press conference

Roma manager Rudi Garcia spoke today at Trigoria ahead of tomorrow’s match against Napoli, here are the Frenchman’s words:

What are the conditions of Gervinho and Salah?
Salah is fine, it was expected that he wouldn’t play more than 45 minutes on Wednesday, now he may start or come off the bench. Same thing for Gervinho, we did a test and we did not want to take risks, we have decided not to risk him (against BATE). Tomorrow he won’t have 90 minutes in him, but he may start.

Can the stadium element have value in a Scudetto race?
I liked Florenzi’s response, just like him, I’d rather be booed by 70 thousand people. It means that at the beginning of the match the guys at least see a full stadium, which gives us strength and a charge. These things can be negative but also very positive: pressure on the opponent, on the ref, we know how much they’re worth. I hope that the Olimoico returns to being full, then it’s up to us to get the positive results to get back the fans behind us.

What strikes you most about Sarri’s game?
Higuain has done very well since he came to Italy, he has been here for a long time and his numbers are a reflection of the time he has spent here: he is part of the Italian league. They have great players, Sarri is a good coach, he has a dangerous game because it produces goals, they have a special feature on the defense and they play vertically.

Things you’ve talked with Pallotta about? He feels confidence than before?
I do not have a habit of saying what we have said in the locker room, or discussions with my directors. The president met the prefect, the president wants to do everything to put fans in the best conditions to supoort. The president does everything for the betterment of Roma.

How’s Dzeko living?
What I said about Higuain also applies to Dzeko: he only arrived recently, he must acclimate, learn the language, learn another country and another football. It’s normal that it takes time. Each bomber lives during a time when they score less. It’s like Higuain, all the greatest strikers in the world have had a period where they score less.

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.