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No title talk for rampaging Roma

5 October 2013 01:15

Roma head coach Rudi Garcia has played down talk of his side claiming the Serie A title as they prepare to travel to Inter on Saturday.

Since his appointment as coach in June, Garcia has masterminded Roma's winning start to the season, which sees them top of the league table with a maximum 18 points from six fixtures.

They will be aiming to record their seventh consecutive league win at the San Siro but Garcia was under no illusion that it would be a tall order away to Inter.

And the Roma boss was in no mood to start talking titles yet, despite the fact they have conceded only one goal in 450 minutes in the Italian top flight.

"It's too soon to talk about the Scudetto," Garcia said.

"Tomorrow's match is important but it isn't more important than Roma-Napoli, Udinese-Roma, or Roma-Chievo.

"All matches are important because all matches give three points.

"Right now we're the leader of the table and this should allow the team to gain even more confidence but that's all.

"We know that everything can happen in a match but I think that right now we're prepared from the mental point of view.

"We have to battle as much as possible and if we manage to do it, we'll surely be achieving a positive result."

Garcia said Walter Mazzarri's Inter, who sit fourth in the table, four points behind Roma, are opponents the capital club must respect.

"Mazzarri's Inter Milan is surely a good team made of talented players," the 49-year-old French coach said.

"They're playing a home match and this represents an advantage for them but, in any case, this makes no difference for me."

The former Lille boss said he had hoped to ingrain a winning culture in his players once he joined Roma in the off-season.

"At the beginning of the season, I've told my guys that we'll be playing all 38 matches with the aim of winning, no matter if they're home or away matches," Garcia said.

"This is a very important match and I hope we'll be making a good performance.

"Of course we'll be playing with the aim of winning, even if it may be difficult.

"Five thousand Roma supporters are expected at the stadium and this is great.

"San Siro stadium will almost be full and this is surely a great experience, and it will be even better if we gain three points."

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0 - 3

Roma

D W L D W
Competition
Serie A
Date
5 October 2013
Game week
7
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 3
Full-time
0 - 3
Venue
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
Attendance
48000

Goals

0 - 1
18' F. Totti
 (assist by Y. Gervinho)
0 - 2
40' F. Totti (PG)
0 - 3
44' A. Florenzi
 (assist by K. Strootman)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
26 67'
17 28'
42 50' 79'
35
5 30'
16
15 15'
6
24 44'
10 18' 40'
27
Coach: R. Garcia

Substitutes

Sunday 28 December

Saturday 27 December

23:31
20:06
19:46
19:20
18:41
17:52
17:39
17:14
17:12
17:02
16:43
16:38
16:04
15:52
15:47
14:45
14:24
14:19
14:00
14:00
13:38
13:31
13:16
13:04
12:45
12:39
12:37
12:30
12:11
11:55
11:32
11:03
10:30
10:15
09:48
08:32
02:13
00:11

Friday 26 December

22:40
22:04
21:22
21:19
21:15
20:58
20:39
20:38
20:27
20:23
20:20
20:10
20:07
20:05
20:01
19:54
19:54
19:51
19:43
19:41
19:41
19:33
19:25
19:09
18:15
18:08
18:04
18:01
18:01
18:00
17:57
17:56
17:10
17:05
16:26
15:43
14:30
12:32
12:02
11:48
11:10
08:44
05:24
05:24
05:24
05:24
03:45
02:56
01:35
00:46

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +27 39
2 16 +17 36
3 16 +9 27
4 16 +8 27
5 16 +8 27

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