Garcia: Record not a burden for Roma

The former Lille boss claims that the fuss created by the Giallorossi's 10-game winning streak has filled his players with confidence and ambition
Rudi Garcia insists the media's preoccupation with Roma's sensational start to the Serie A season is helping his side, rather than hindering them.

The Giallorossi made it a record-breaking 10 victories in a row by defeating Chievo on Thursday night and, given Fiorentina are the only title-challenging side they will have to face between now and Christmas, there is already giddy talk of the capital club reaching the turn of the year without having dropped a single point.

Garcia would be forgiven for becoming wary of such talk but he insists that the excitement surrounding his side's hot streak is actually a positive.

"We want to keep this run going as long as possible," the 49-year-old French coach told reporters on Saturday. " It doesn't put pressure on us; in fact psychologically it's a help for us.

"We're taking one game at a time. We'll let other people talk about our record. We're not getting carried away; we're just concentrating on our work in Trigoria."

Roma will be looking to make it 11 runs in a row, and restore their five-point advantage over nearest rivals Napoli and Juventus, when they travel to Turin on Sunday night for a game that Garcia believes could be a very open affair.

"Torino are exciting to watch, they score goals and play good football," the former Lille boss enthused. "But we go into it on the back of a win and that puts us in the right frame of mind.

"Indeed, I'm glad we're playing this game, even if it is only three days after our last one. We'll be ready.

"We're ambitious and we're full of confidence. In terms of fitness, we're in good shape.

"We're improving from one game to the next and also from one half to the next. It's no coincidence that we score a lot of our goals in the second half."

Meanwhile, Garcia insists he has no worries about starting Adem Ljajic up front in Turin, even though all three of the Serb's goals to date have come as a substitute.

"The fact that he hasn't scored yet when starting a game is purely coincidental," the Giallorossi boss stated. "Physically, he's fine.

"He's very talented and can be a decisive player. He's young but he knows how to shoulder responsibility during games. He's good at setting up others as well as scoring himself."

Roma's meeting with Torino is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.