Garcia hails Roma defence after derby win

The former Lille coach has voiced his delight with the Giallorossi's victory but stressed their focus remains a top-five finish in Serie A this season

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has hailed his side's defensive display after their 2-0 derby win over Lazio on Sunday.

Federico Balzaretti and Adem Ljajic scored second-half goals as the Giallorossi made it four wins from as many games in Serie A and Garcia was very pleased with the performance.

"The most important thing was winning, no doubt about that, but we also managed to put in a good defensive performance," the Frenchman said at a press conference.

"The whole team managed to defend.

"We know that we have many skills that allow us to score goals and this happened in the second half, but I hope that in the future we'll also be able to score a goal in the first half."

Garcia refused to be drawn into title talk after Roma's latest win and stressed their goal remains to secure a top-five finish come the end of the campaign.

"We should not forget that our objective is to finish the season in the top five. Ambition is also a quality, so we'll see if we'll be able to have a great season and achieve more than that.

"As of now, it's too soon to make an accurate forecast."

Roma sit joint top in Serie A with Napoli with 12 points from four games.