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The Roma head coach believes that his side have a distinct advantage over the Bianconeri in the race for the Serie A title by not having other fixtures as a distraction

Rudi Garcia insists that Roma will benefit from not being involved in European competition as they look to challenge Juventus for their Serie A crown.

Having been knocked out of the Coppa Italia earlier this month, falling to a 5-3 semi-final aggregate defeat against Napoli, and with no European commitments, Roma can focus on the Serie A for the rest of the season as they attempt to reel in the reigning champions.

Roma won 1-0 at Bologna on Saturday to move within six points of the Bianconeri and Garcia argued after the match that Juventus' continuing involvement in the Europa League could make the difference in the race for the Scudetto.

"I played in Europe many times with Lille and know it takes up a lot of energy," the 50-year-old Frenchman told Sky Sport Italia when asked if his title rivals could endure a slump.

"It's tough after a European fixture. We do not play midweek and we have got to make the most of that fact."

Juventus will host the Turin Derby on Sunday, and Garcia laid down the challenge for Torino to shock their more-fancied city rivals and give Giallorossi a helping hand.

"Anything can happen in a derby," the former Lille boss added.

"The levels of the two teams no longer matter, as it's just the pride to win and not lose. We've done our bit for this weekend and can watch what the others do now."

Roma sit second in Serie A with 57 points from 24 games, six behind leaders Juventus.