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The Giallorossi midfielder praised coach Rudi Garcia for handing him a more prominent role and expressed joy at plying his trade in Rome

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By Johann Crochet

Miralem Pjanic says Rudi Garcia's influence is a major factor behind Roma's dramatic improvement and is enjoying the coach's style of play.

The Giallorossi started the campaign terrifically, winning their first 10 Serie A games and are well in contention for their first return to the Champions League since 2011.

Pjanic, 23, has been allowed more freedom in midfield playing ahead of Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman in a midfield three and the Bosnian is relishing the more creative role in the team.

“Since Rudi Garcia arrived, maybe I'm more prominent,” Pjanic told Goal.

“My game is quite different from that at Lyon. I'm more mature and I have much more experience.

“It is true that the style of play suits me. It relies heavily on the midfield, Garcia lets us organise the game and he does not want us to play the long ball all the time. I have a lot more responsibilities.

“Our game is based on the possession and control of the game. I am the most offensive of the three midfielders and Garcia gives me a lot of freedom. I get on very well with Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman.

“He asked me to move much to disrupt enemy lines. The balance has been achieved this season and a lot of defensive efforts at the request of coach.

“Offensively, I have a lot of freedom and Garcia gives me total confidence.”

Roma are preparing for a clash against Bologna and will be hoping to narrow the gap on Juventus to six points with their game in hand.

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