JUVENTUS STILL SERIE A FAVOURITES, INSISTS GARCIA
The Roma manager thinks that the reigning
champions could still win the league but
conceded that the campaign will be more open
Roma coach Rudi Garcia feels Juventus remain
the team to beat in Serie A this campaign,
despite collecting just one point from their
opening three fixtures.
The Turin side have dominated Serie A in recent
seasons, clinching the last four titles, yet they
have already fallen six points behind last
season's runners-up Roma this term, while
leaders Inter are eight points clear.
Garcia is not getting carried away, though, and
has stressed that Roma cannot afford to lose
focus if they are to stay clear of Juventus.
"Serie A will be more open this year, but I'm
still of the opinion that Juventus are favourites,"
the Roma coach said at a press conference.
"We just want to continue our winning run
against Sassuolo on Sunday and make it three
in a row.
"We need to give everything on the pitch if we
want a result. And we want to win."
Roma were without playmaker Miralem Pjanic in
their 1-1 Champions League draw with
Barcelona earlier this week, yet the midfielder
could make an early return versus Sassuolo.
"Pjanic has recovered more quickly than
expected. Doctors, physios and Miralem himself
did a great job," Garcia added.
"Miralem could start the match or come on as a
sub without running any risks."
Roma will be without Wojciech Szczesny on
Sunday due to injury, but Garcia is confident
Morgan De Sanctis is an adequate replacement.
"We knew all about Szczesny before he joined.
He's a talented, experienced goalkeeper," he
"Fortunately he didn't fracture his finger but we
have to treat him properly so there are no risks.
"We're lucky to have two top goalkeepers. De
Sanctis showed that when he came on against
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