Garcia devastated despite Roma win

The 49-year-old says their eighth consecutive Serie A win on Friday against Napoli was bittersweet following injuries to Francesco Totti and Gervinho
Roma coach Rudi Garcia admits he is disappointed, despite a 2-0 victory over Napoli that moved them five points clear at the top of the table, though, second-placed Juventus travel to Fiorentina on Sunday.

Their eighth consecutive Serie A win courtesy of a double from Miralem Pjanic was overshadowed as captain Francesco Totti and winger Gervinho suffered injuries that forced them out of the game.

The severity of their injuries is not yet known, but Garcia can take solace in the fact that his Roma team have extended their perfect start to the season, scoring 22 goals and conceding only once.

“I am happy with the win, but it was a pyrrhic victory, as we lost Totti and Gervinho,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “They are muscular problems and will require further tests.

“Nonetheless, I am happy because we won and in a tough game like this you need to take every chance on set plays.”

With the victory, Roma's achievement was only the fourth time in Serie A history that a team has gone on to win their opening eight matches, after Juventus did so in 1930-31, 1985-86 and 2005-06.
“Tonight Totti’s Roma matched Michel Platini’s Juventus under the gaze of Diego Maradona. I am very proud to have contributed to that," Garcia added.

“We are very strong in defence, but for the moment we also know how to score goals – at least two in every game. Daniele [De Rossi] is a wonderful player and his ‘wall’ with Leandro Castan and Mehdi Benatia is a solid one I’ve liked since the start.

“Miralem Pjanic can also take free kicks like Juninho Pernambucano, though this one was a little different. At the start of the summer I knew a midfield with De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Pjanic would be very strong. That area is the heart of my football. Kevin played when fatigued, but he did so with great courage.

“The injuries are a problem, but on the positive side they’ll give others an opportunity to play, such as Marco Borriello and Adem Ljajic.”