By Anna Italia
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Here are the declarations of AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia after the Serie A Week 17 game, AS Roma 4 – 0 Catania on Sunday 22 December 2013.
Serie A Standing AFTER the game:
AS Roma, 2nd position with 41 points and a positive goal difference of +28
Catania, 20th position with 10 points and a negative goal difference of -18
first half was ugly, but the second one was stellar. I always want to
see the team playing like that. The experiment with four forwards? We’ve
been working on it since the beginning of the season and I’ve also
fielded it in other games. There was more balance in the second half,
but a draw would have been a horrible result. I made the choice since we
needed a victory.
“A summary for 2013? That’s simple: we have 41 points after 17 games,
which is extraordinary. Normally with these kinds of stats we’d be in
first place, but Juve are winning all their games this year. We’ll think
about our clash in Turin after Christmas.
“Castan and Benatia? They played a great match, and with two players
like that in the back we can also make more attacking choices from a
“Juventus? Their team is built to win the league and the Champions
League. They’re two teams in one. We’ll continue on the road we’re on.
It’s much easier to win certain games with the captain, Gervinho and
“Gervinho’s goal? He made a great play to get to the goal, beating four
men along the way. And I really liked the final pass from Ljajic.
“The January transfer market? It opens on the first of the next month
and we’ll have time to reflect on things. We’ll have to wait and see how
our injury situation is. If we can improve the team then we’ll do it,
but the first thing I want to say is that I want to see all of the
players on the current squad staying here. Then we’ll see whether or not
we’ll sign someone; you need balance in the locker room. We want to
qualify for the Champions League.”
AS Roma 4 – 0 Catania
Sunday 22 December 2013
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Assistants: BARBIRATI – LA ROCCA
Fourth Official: GRILLI
ADD2: DI PAOLO