Garcia salutes 'disrespected' Roma

The Giallorossi boss has lavished praise on his side for the manner in which they reacted on Sunday on the back of widespread criticism in the aftermath of their Coppa Italia exit
Roma coach Rudi Garcia saluted his players for responding to the "disrespect" shown towards his side following their 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

Mattia Destro was the hero on Sunday as his two goals, either side of a Miralem Pjanic strike, sealed a comprehensive victory that  leaves the Giallorossi in second place and nine points behind leaders Juventus.

The win came on the back of widespread criticism of Roma in the Italian press following their Coppa Italia exit at the hands of Napoli last week and Garcia hit out at those who dared to question the merits of his squad.

"After the Coppa Italia in Naples there was a lack of respect towards my team and today we responded to that," he said.

"The field always tells the truth and today we saw a great team, one in second place that won 3-0 without conceding a goal."

Roma have conceded just 11 times in their 23 Serie A fixtures this season, while scoring 49 goals, and Garcia singled out Destro and his defenders for special praise.

"We have to praise our play, the three goals, Destro's brace and our iron defence. Destro is a great forward, [Mehdi] Benatia is in top form. We have the best defence in Italy and one of the best attacks."