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Garcia rejects claims he has lost confidence of Roma players

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has rejected claims that he has lost the confidence of his players and is desperate for his team to end their disastrous run of form at Verona on Sunday.

The Giallorossi have won just one of their last six Serie A games, and are now 10 points behind leaders Juventus - albeit with a game in hand.

On Thursday, Roma drew 1-1 at home to Feyenoord in the Europa League - meaning they have not won a game at the Stadio Olimpico for three months. This has led to reports that Garcia has lost sections of the dressing room.

“You would have to ask the players that but I see no change in the attitude between us,” Garcia said in his pre-match press conference.

“We have great players and great men in this locker room, but they must know they can resolve the game individually and collectively. We must do everything to win at Verona, because until we put together a run of victories, there is no point talking about first place."

Garcia insists that Roma's poor form is also down to bad luck - citing an offside in the build-up to Feyenoord's equaliser as well as a number of enforced absentees in 2015.

“Hopefully we won’t concede an offside goal every game," he complained.

“Our choices on the market were excellent, but we didn’t know at the start of December that Gervinho would be in the Africa Cup of Nations until the final, or that Victor Ibarbo would get injured after two days.

“Of course, we are going through a difficult moment. We are much stronger if the players feel the belief around them. I want everyone to make their criticism constructive."

Roma have obtained 45 points from 23 Serie A games, and are five points clear of third-placed Napoli.