By Joe Avicolli
Roma boss Rudi Garcia has revealed his hopes to see the capital city club earn a victory against BATE Borisov on Tuesday as he feels that finding continuity in the Champions League should be his team’s main goal.
The Giallorossi started off their Champions League campaign on a positive note with a draw against reigning tournament champions Barcelona and the tactician insists that the Italian side will enter their away match against BATE with the utmost enthusiasm despite suffering a number of absences.
Garcia spoke during his pre-match press conference on Monday about the challenge BATE may present to Roma and commented on the importance of earning all three points.
“BATE are a team that’s used to playing in the Champions League and they’ve almost won the title in the past,” said the 51-year-old.
“They have a stadium that we have no experience in, but it seems to be a quality pitch with a very warm atmosphere.
“We will not change anything, we will enter the game with full ambition and enthusiasm despite our absences.
“We want to go through to the next round of the Champions League so we have to play our hardest in every single game.
“Roma have fought hard to make it into this competition and we want to continue doing well after our first positive result. The continuity of results, I repeat, is very important.
“We have quite a few players missing, so we won’t be able to field our top squad, but we are still united and will look to find balance. There’s a solidarity among these men and they will all do their best to reach a positive result.
“Mentality wise, nothing changes since our match with Barcelona. All of the games in this stage are crucial, each victory is a small step forward, like each defeat is a step back.
“We have confidence after our draw with Barcelona and we know we want to win. We want to be ready for every opponent, regardless of who’s available.”
The clash with BATE will also be the Frenchman’s 100th game as coach of Roma and he confirmed that his attitude has remained the same since his arrival in 2013.
“I was barely aware, I just know there are 38 league games,” he said
“I don’t think about the past or the future, I’m a man of the present. All I can say is that I arrived here with enthusiasm and I haven’t changed my mind one bit, I still have it.
“The team has changed, it’s interesting to see how we can still play a very good game and bring victory to this club.”