Garcia: “Juventus is the favorite but we aim for the top”

Today, Garcia spoke in the press conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia. Below is the most important moment of his long interview:

Could you review this Guinness Cup and this tour?

As I said after the match against Manchester UTD we need to be effective across the field. We played better with Man Utd than with Real, but with Real we were really effective in attack and defense. There was a big difference in the approach to the game….Now, by winning the next match, we can hope to go to the final in Miami.

The tour is almost finished but you never had Gervinho at your disposal…What about him? 

We are waiting for him and for Maicon and Torosidis as well to continue the training. His problem with his visa is a common problem…We left part of our staff in Rome and he is training with Torosidis there. We have enough time to work with him, another three weeks of retreat in Austria. It is not a problem.

How do you see your team so far?

I can say that all the best teams in Europe are in the United States in this moment. This is normal in order to develop the brand. Now we are here and maybe in the future we will be in Indonesia or somewhere else….The only problem is that the Italian Serie A starts really late and we have a disadvantage in the Champions League….Italy needs to reflect on this thing. Perhaps it is a matter of culture, maybe I’m wrong, but for me these things have to change if we want that all the Italian teams are well prepared for the European competitions.

Do you believe that Skorupski is ready to challenge De Sanctis?

Lukasz is improving, he has a great potential.  Morgan is still the first goalkeeper, no doubt, but we must also be sure to have a second and third goalkeeper with great quality because during the season everything can happen. Lukasz improves well also because he knows the language now. It was difficult for him in the first moment. I believe that a goalkeeper needs to communicate with his teammates. He must be more aggressive and have more personality because he is a big and strong guy and he has everything to become a great goalkeeper in the future….Astori is ready to play. I believe that he needs to play to know how we defend and attack, however, he is already an expert player.

What about Strootman’s physical condition?

Kevin is following his path, I already said that. For these major injuries we have to leave the player time for recovering. What I know is that everything is going well.

What about Benatia?

No problem with him. He will give 100% as always because he is a professional player. I hope that soon there will also be a chance for him to talk with you and express himself.

Why are you guys here in the States? Do you guys believe to be the surprise of the next season?

We are here to play great matches and develop the brand. With regard to the championship, we will do everything in order to express the potential of our team. We have a more complete and important team now…Every player will find his space to play and to be important.



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