Roma not giving up title fight

A look ahead to the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A as Roma look to put some pressure on Juventus on the top.

Last Updated: 18/04/14 at 08:13 Post Comment

Rudi Garcia: Refusing to concede the title

Rudi Garcia: Refusing to concede the title

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Roma coach Rudi Garcia knows the odds of beating league leaders Juventus to the Serie A title are stacked against his team but he is not going to allow the Giallorossi to give up the fight.

The Romans have won seven games on the trot and go into Saturday's encounter at Fiorentina trailing Juve by eight points with five matches still to play.

"As the weeks progress, our chances of winning the Scudetto become increasingly more difficult," Garcia said to Sky Italia. "But while there is life, there is hope.

"I've told my players that just when you think that nothing can happen, something does.

"We cannot give up."

Roma's focus will not be on Juventus this weekend, however, but the Viola.

"We are playing against a very good side in Fiorentina and it seems a very difficult game on paper and it will be," Garcia said.

"Juve's match seems much easier but at times, results can be unexpected."

Juve, gunning for a third straight title, have won all of their games in Turin and that is where they host Bologna.

The visitors must avoid defeat in order to be sure of staying out of the bottom three.

Bologna hold the last position of safety and are three points clear of Livorno and Novara.

The stakes are high when fifth-place Inter visit sixth-place Parma, who are two points behind Inter in the battle for Europe.

Inter hold the last Europa League qualifying spot and are five points adrift of fourth-place Fiorentina.

Victory at Udinese coupled with a Fiorentina defeat in Rome would guarantee Napoli a third-place finish in Serie A.

Rafa Benitez's side are nine points clear of nearest rivals Fiorentina heading into their match at the Friuli stadium.

AC Milan have not given up hope of a fifth-place finish.

They are riding a four-game winning streak heading into their home game against Livorno.

The Rossoneri are eighth in the standings, level on 48 points with Lazio and Torino, who square off at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Atalanta and Hellas Verona are level on 46 points and meet each other in Bergamo.

Defeats in their previous games ruled both out of contention for European football next season.

Cagliari travel to Liguria to face Genoa looking for their first win on the road this season.

The Sardinian outfit have mustered just eight points - all from draws- away from home.

Chievo host second-bottom Sassuolo looking to take another step towards ensuring themselves Serie A football next season.

The Verona outfit won 4-2 at Livorno in the last round to move five points clear of the drop zone.

Catania are at the foot of the standings heading into Saturday's home game against Sampdoria.

The Sicilian outfit have lost their last six league games and lie eight points adrift of safety.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to avoid a red card

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to stay on the field in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa does not deserve retrospective action after Emre Can stamp

Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea's Diego Costa should be left alone to play football after a controversial outing on Tuesday.

Referee Michael Oliver to make final call on Diego Costa 'stamp' ahead of Chelsea-Manchester City game

Referee Michael Oliver will have the final say on whether Diego Costa is banned for this weekend's game against Manchester City.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company