AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia on Friday admitted that his team has a long way to go to be considered one of Europe’s elite teams following the 7-1 thrashing his team received at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. After fellow Italian giants Juventus and Napoli also lost their European contests this week, the question of Italian clubs’ competitiveness abroad was once again raised.
“After the first day of the Champions League and the Europa League, Italian clubs were the best,” Garcia pointed out in his press conference ahead of Roma’s trip to Sampdoria on Saturday. “Now we’re talking about the other extreme. I think that in Italy there are great clubs who have won the Champions League in the past. It’s up to the relevant people to bring them back to those levels.”
He continued: “What I have to do is to make sure to bring Roma to the level of the best teams in Europe. We saw on Tuesday that we still have a long way to go ... but the gap was too big. That’s why I talked about it like an accident. It’s like when you drive for years, and nothing happens, then one day you have an accident. You have to get back in the car.”