Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Soccer: Garcia's French Revolution starts at Roma


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, June 19 - French coach Rudi Garcia promised
his team would play attractive, winning soccer on Wednesday when
he was presented as AS Roma's new boss.
"I'm not scared of anything," the 49-year-old former
midfielder, who has signed a two-year contract, told a press
"I'm here to win with a team that must give the fans a good
"I already know the city, it is full of history, and I know
that this team have great ambitions".
Garcia, who has Spanish roots, joins Roma after five years
in charge of Lille, who he led to the French league-Cup double
in 2011.
He replaces Aurelio Andreazzoli, who was not retained
after Roma endured a disappointing Serie A campaign with a
talented young squad, finishing outside the European
qualification slots in sixth place.
Andreazzoli was promoted from assistant to head coach in
February when the club sacked Czech boss Zdenek Zeman.
Garcia like to encourage his sides to play positive
attacking soccer, although he is considered more pragmatic in
his approach than Zeman, who at times seemed to willfully
neglect the defensive side of the game.
"I believe that you have a better chance of winning games
by playing good football," Garcia said.
"Obviously to be successful you need to score one more than
the opposition but to win trophies and titles you need a very
strong defensive set-up too".
Garcia said both captain Francesco Totti and Italy
midfielder Daniele De Rossi are part of his plans.
There have been doubts about the future of both
footballers, born-and-bred Romans who have played for no other
club as pros.
Totti, 36, is looking to extend his contract, which expires
next year.
There has been speculation, meanwhile, that De Rossi might
be sold in the closed season after coming under fire from some
Roma fans last season for several poor displays.
"You'll see during the season that I'm a coach who gives
great importance to having a team that needs talented players,"
said Garcia.
"Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi are important
"Totti will have an important role on and off the field.
"De Rossi is a national-team player and I can't wait to
meet him and the others".
Before taking over at Lille, Garcia coached at
Saint-Etienne, first as an assistant and then as head coach,
Dijon and Le Mans.
"The main thing is that we get back into Europe again," he
"The league season is very long. I'd have preferred to be
playing European football as well but there can be advantages to
not playing every three days.
"We'll see how our season pans out but I think it's going
to be a great year".

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