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Rudi Garcia on the CSKA game, confirms Maicon is not fit to play


Roma coach Rudi Garcia says defenders Maicon and Vasilis Torosidis will not feature against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

The Giallorossi face the Russians knowing that a win could see them through but Garcia knows it will not be as easy as it was when the two teams played each other at the Olimpico Stadium in September.

"Roma is always the same, there is no Roma one day and a complete different one the day after," Garcia said.

"We clearly reflect on a number of games because in Europe there are stronger teams but we're fully focused on tomorrow's game, not on the games we already played.

"We know that like CSKA [Moscow], our faith is in our own hands.

"When the draw was made no-one expected us to be in a position to qualify after five games. This means that we did our job and have to continue like this.

"We will not face the game in a less humble way just because we won the first game against CSKA.

"He [Maicon] is not ready for tomorrow. He's yet to train with the group. We yesterday assessed him together with Torosidis and both are not ready to play a game like tomorrow's."

Asked about what it means to play behind close doors, Garcia said: "I smile because I have no answer to this question.

"This happens very rarely, fortunately, because a game without fans is not true football."

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