Roma target top five finish

The Giallorossi sold many of their top players this summer but coach Rudi Garcia is adamant that finishing in the upper tier of Serie A is possible
Roma coach Rudi Garcia has played down his side's chances of reaching the Champions League and set his players the target of finishing in Serie A's top five.

The Giallorossi were gutted of many of their top players this summer including Marquinhos to Paris Saint-Germain, Pablo Osvaldo to Southampton and Erik Lamela to Tottenham.

However, the capital-based club have brought in many new faces and, ahead of their clash with Parma on Monday, ex-Lille coach Garcia believes that finishing in the upper echelons of Italian football is feasible.

"Is our objective Champions League qualification? I am more ambitious than anyone here, but it’s one thing to get into Europe and another to reach the Champions League," he told reporters on Saturday.

"We are targeting a top five finish. I hope the compliments received by director Walter Sabatini do not stop here, but are also valid at the end of the season.

"As for Parma, it’s going to be a difficult game and we have to prepare for it carefully, even if we have a 100 per cent record after two rounds.

"There are many positive sensations right now, but we have much work still to do and need to be humble. So far we have only won two games and have been together as a squad for just two months."