Garcia demands better

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:20

Garcia demands better

The Eternal City club, who host Udinese on Sunday before going up against Lazio in next week’s derby, fell 2-1 at AC Milan last time out.
The defeat, Roma’s fifth of the campaign, did not prove costly as Lazio lost at Inter Milan to remain one place and one point adrift of their city rivals.
“We have three finals left to play, and not only to play them but to show high intensity and take three points in every match,” Garcia said to the Italian press. “Against Milan, we didn’t do anything for 60 minutes.
“We started the game with a low rhythm that is inadequate for such an important game.
“This team has to react.
“Perhaps my players have not understood that there are few games left to play and the right path is the one we showed in our previous two matches, not what we did at Milan.”
Roma’s victories over Sassuolo and Genoa had allowed them to leapfrog rivals Lazio into second.
The team that finishes second by season’s end will clinch direct qualification to next year’s Champions League, with the third-placed team forced to go through qualifying.
“We just need to focus on ourselves,” Garcia said. “It would be disappointing not to finish second considering the hard work we have put in this season.”
A win on Sunday would be Garcia’s 50th victory since taking over Roma.
The Romans are without midfielder Alessandro Florenzi and striker Gervinho, with the former suspended and the latter out injured.
Moreover, Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic is doubtful for the encounter with an ankle injury.
Udinese travel to Rome on the back of last weekend’s 4-1 loss to Sampdoria.
The defeat was Udinese’s 14th of the campaign and dropped Andrea Stramaccioni’s side to 14th place.
“We must put this defeat behind us and focus on doing well at Roma,” Stramaccioni said.
Udinese captain Antonio Di Natate has scored in his team’s last three league games and will lead the attack.

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