Happy with a draw but we`ll play to win, says Roma boss
AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia will be satisfied with a draw against Russian champions CSKA Moscow in Tuesday`s Champions League match, he said Monday.
Moscow: AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia will be satisfied with a draw against Russian champions CSKA Moscow in Tuesday`s Champions League match, he said Monday.
"A draw will be an acceptable result for us against CSKA," Garcia told a news conference. "But we`re anyway set to play for the win on Tuesday.
"After our first meeting I`ve said that CSKA are a very strong team. They`re capable of winning the deciding matches."
Garcia, 50, added he and his team had already forgotten the shocking 7-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich.
"That defeat has not changed us. We`re always the same. But there are many teams in Europe who are stronger than we are, it`s useless to deny," Garcia said.
But of Tuesday` match, he added: "We have the advantage after our first meeting in Rome. Everything is in our hands."
Garcia also said he was upset at the prospect of playing in an empty stadium in a potentially decisive match.
"Football without spectators is not a real game," he said. "Luckily, it almost never happens."
AS Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis said he was not deterred by the frosty weather in Moscow.
"I`ve previously played in extreme conditions but of course we should take the frost into consideration during our preparations for the match," he said.
"We will have an opportunity to adapt to Moscow`s climate at today`s practice.
"The two recent months were really tense for us. But still we have a strong desire to win. And we will do our best to achieve a positive result on Tuesday," he added.