Garcia urges Roma to fight back after 3-0 defeat against Juventus
Roma fell to their first defeat of the Serie A season in a battle with Juventus at Turin on Sunday. The defeat leaves an eight-point gap between second-placed Roma and Antonio Conte’s side, who look primed to defend their league crown this season.
Roma manager Rudi Garcia insists the defeat has not derailed the I Lupi from the targets they had set for the season. Roma, who were undefeated in the league till last Sunday, fell to nine men on the field and a scoreline of 3-0.
Despite the major setback Garcia is confident his side will pick up the pieces and rise from the ashes stronger and better.
“There are another 60 points available, but the title is not our objective,” Garcia told Sky Sport Italia. “Our objective is to get back into Europe, so we are now second and that is a good place to be in. After that, we’ll see what happens.
“We played a very good first half and I had forgotten we were playing on the home turf of the Serie A leaders, who usually kept possession and pushed opponents back into their own half here.
“Unfortunately, they scored at the first chance and we didn’t take ours. It hurt to concede straight after the restart. Juve did well on set plays and we have to work on some issues.
Garcia believes his side weren’t able to create many goalscoring opportunities against a team as “ruthless” as Juventus.
“In my view it is a problem of efficiency,” Garcia added. “Neither side had that many chances, so you’ve got to take them when they arrive. We know this is football and Juve have a ruthless team, so we must learn to be ruthless too.
“It is always difficult to play away to Juve and keep a clean sheet. They have very strong strikers, but I have no doubt that in the first half we played the right game. In order to win you also need luck in important moments and tonight the luck was more with Juventus than with us.”
Upon being questioned on the red cards of Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Castan the Italian boss refused to make any comments, but admitted that losing players made it very hard for his side to record a comeback.
“I did not see anything from the touchline, so I prefer not to comment,” Garcia said. “It’s difficult to end the game with nine men, that is true, but we did not lose because of that. When Daniele was sent off, it was already 2-0 for Juve.”