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The capital club are not giving up in the race to win Serie A, according to their coach who says they have had an incredible first half of the season

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has paid tribute to his players for their performances so far in 2013-14, suggesting they all deserve Ballon d'Or recognition.

The former Lille coach was in Zurich to see Cristiano Ronaldo crowned the best individual player of 2013 and was keen to take the opportunity to recognise the displays of his own players since he took charge in the summer.

He told reporters: "It is a pleasure to be here and talk with so many great people from the world of football.

"I would give my Roma players a Ballon d'Or each because they are all having a great campaign."

Nineteen games into the season, Roma have suffered just one defeat – to Juventus – and have amassed an impressive tally of 44 points in Serie A.

The champions' form, though, means they still trail Antonio Conte's side by eight points at the top of the table but Garcia insists the title race is still alive.

He continued: "The Scudetto race is not over. We need to make sure we get our results, winning as much as possible, then we will see what Juventus can do.

"For now they are eight points in front and are stronger but there is still a long way to go."

Roma are back in action on Saturday with a home game against struggling Livorno.

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