Garcia speaks ahead of Spezia tie

Roma manager Rudi Garcia spoke to Roma TV today ahead of tomorrow’s Coppa Italia tie against Spezia.

Thoughts on the Napoli match?
After the match, the guys knew they had a good match defensively. We aren’t far away in the table. Tomorrow we will give everything to advance. There’s never an easy opponent, you can’t underestimate anyone, we will play with energy. I have to put forth the most competitive team, the Coppa Italia is the shortest road to win a trophy.

The table?
Let’s win tomorrow first, then talk to me. I don’t like to make predictions. It’s all about tomorrow’s match, we have to play well in an Olimpico that won’t be very full, we continue to play in an increasingly empty stadium, I don’t know why we’re playing at 14:30, why wouldn’t you allow fans to come to the stadium? There are already problems with the fans, why would you make the fans even more upset?

Will there be space for those who have played less?
I have faith in the squad, we are built to show everybody and their abilities. Tomorrow I can count on all my players, physical and mental freshness will be important.

Who will play tomorrow? What about in goal?
Keita will not be there and we will not risk Gervinho, but De Sanctis will play in goal.

He trained with the group, when he trains with the ball he tends to think less about the injury. The captain will return in January, he is getting better and hopefully he will return to us at 100%.

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