It looks like Roma will be finishing yet another season without a trophy to celebrate after they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia 5-3 on aggregate against Napoli. This coupled with their significant points difference between them and title rivals Juventus mean that it will be a disappointing season for the club from the capital.
However, manager Rudi Garcia has widely transformed the club by making them title contenders at a time when they were looking rank outsiders to finish in the top three. He arrived at the club only in the summer and signed a contract until 2015.
He has now revealed that he intends to stay at the club beyond the end of this contract. After previously managing Lille and taking them to great heights, this is seen as a natural progression for the manager. The 50-year-old was also previewing Roma’s match against Bologna during the weekend. The second placed team go into the match trailing the table leaders Juventus by nine points. Despite this, Garcia sounds confident of catching Juventus with only a few matches left in the season. If Juventus win the title, then it would be their third successive league success.
The team, though, have not done well in Europe over the recent years. Roma, meanwhile, are highly anticipating a return to the premier European competition.
“I hope to spend a long time here in Trigoria and when there is a new training centre, I am happy here, I have the will to win here and to bring trophies to Roma, so let’s move forward. In recent games Bologna have done really well, so for this trip we have to be at 100 per cent, especially on a psychological level. We have a lot of respect for them. They have lost a champion like Alessandro Diamanti,” said Garcia.