By Joe Avicolli
Roma boss Rudi Garcia has revealed that he hopes to see his men remain focused on earning all three points in their away match against Bologna on Saturday.
The 51-year-old confirmed that he wants the Giallorossi, who are currently missing a few key players due to injury, to avoid underestimating the Rossoblu and earn a victory ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona in Spain on Tuesday.
Garcia spoke during his pre-match press conference on Friday about Roma’s approach to their clash with Bologna and also took a moment to comment on the tragic terrorist attacks that recently occurred in Paris.
“With the Champions League match next week, we’re likely in danger of underestimating Bologna,” said the French tactician.
“It will be good to see Bologna coach Roberto Donadoni tomorrow, who led his team to win their last two matches before the international break.
“There will be a totally different spirit with Bologna. The boys know that we will have to stay totally focused on this game and nothing else in order to earn the three points.
“We are missing a few players, but now that makes room for others to show their quality. We have many solutions to our problems and can still be dangerous in attack.
“It’s important to always understand what point you’re at in the season. At the beginning, it’s fair to give playing time to everyone, sometimes it’s necessary.
“Just look at all of the injured we have now. In this case, you have to give continuity to other plays in order to make a difference.
“We’re beginning a new cycle, there is always fatigue in the first few months. All of our players are fine. The only thing that matters is to win tomorrow.
“The tragic events in Paris? I’ve experienced the same emotions as everyone, these are horrible things.
“I’ll speak about this now and not anymore. First, my thoughts immediately go out to the families of the victims and those who were injured.
“They have attacked our sources of happiness — the restaurant, the concert hall, the football game. We must now remain united and continue to live our lives, we cannot give them satisfaction.
“I don’t even know how to say it. They are not even people. We hope that all of the great leaders of the world can find a solution to this terrorism.
“Stadium security? There are people in charge of this who are paying close attention. They worked well at the Stade de France.
“Matches were cancelled for important reasons, as there were risks, but our lives must continue. The match between France and England was an excellent response to these events.
“It was a great showing from the people. Life is hard enough, we don’t need to destroy our sources of happiness in the world.”