AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia believes his squad and forward Gervinho “can do a lot better” after Roma’s thrilling 3-2 win the Coppa Italia semifinal against Napoli on Wednesday. Garcia’s men squandered a 2-0 lead before the Ivory Coast international Gervinho completed his brace in the game’s final minutes to ensure that the host took a 3-2 lead to the Stadio San Paolo for the second game of the two-game series.
“Mistakes can happen and that is how Napoli scored, but they have quality and so do we,” Garcia said. “We’ll see the second leg, as we will certainly go there to clinch qualification.” When asked if he was surprised by Gervinho’s form, he replied: “Absolutely not. I think he can do a lot better, as he has some things to work on.” He added: “Above all he needs the faith of his coach and his teammates, as he said this week that when he gets the ball he plays either to provide an assist or to score. Things are going very well for him and for Roma.” Garcia said that his team has a 50-50 chance of advancing to the final.
Napoli coach Rafael Benitez, meanwhile, was pleased with his team’s “positive reaction” to going down two goals and believes that they have the quality to knock Roma out of the tournament in the return game. “For the fans of both teams and neutrals it was a wonderful spectacle,” Benitez told Rai Sport after the game. “The positive aspect is the reaction of the team, though it was not positive to concede two in the first half.” He added: “The side showed character to fight back and kept positive. Roma had some very fast forwards and it was not easy to defend against them. It was tough as the passes were very quick, so hard to defend against.”