Garcia: Roma can still catch Juventus in title race

The French coach revealed ahead of Saturday's clash with Atalanta that he and his players have not yet given up hope of winning a first Scudetto since 2001

Roma coach Rudi Garcia is adamant that the Serie A title race is not over yet - despite Juventus holding an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

The Giallorossi managed to move to within five points of the Bianconeri last Sunday courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Cagliari only to then see the two-time defending champions record a 2-0 win over Livorno the following night.

With only six rounds remaining, Roma have it all to do if they are to claim a first title since 2001, but Garcia says that they will not stop fighting.

"We're playing only to win," the French coach declared ahead of Saturday's meeting with Atalanta. "To get so many points is a good thing for us and we want to reach the highest possible place in the table.

"At the moment, the most feasible is second, because it's the only one that we can defend and that depends totally on us, while first place is the only one we can attack.

"I heard it said after Juve's victory [over Livorno], that the Scudetto race is over, while at the end of our victory on Sunday, everyone was saying that the championship was still alive.

"But it's not like this. The race is still open every day. We must go forward and do what we can. I want to finish in the best way possible.

"There are only three home matches left and we need to enjoy every last second and drive this team on, which will fight until the end.

"I believe in my players: I'm calm, up for it and motivated. The title race is not over and nor will it be tomorrow (Saturday) night."

Roma host Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico in the penultimate round of the Serie A season.