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Rudi Garcia on Empoli, Destro's departure and winning at home


Roma coach Rudi Garcia was again full of praise for Empoli ahead of this weekend's game at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi had to work hard to battle past Maurizio Sarri's side when the two teams met in the Italian Cup and the Frenchman expects another tough game tomorrow evening.

"We are 100% focused on tomorrow's game," Garcia said.

"I only focus on the players who are available and I'm optimistic ahead of the game.

"Empoli is probably the most organised team of the championship and they are very good from set-pieces.

"[In the game won away and in the Italian Cup] we did well to create goal opportunities. Maybe we didn't score enough goals but the Italian Cup is like that.

"I hope my players understood how to defend against them and that they will be better in the final third, things we have to improve from the Italian Cup game."

Roma will be looking to return to winning ways at home after draws against Lazio and Milan and Garcia is determined to turn the Stadio Olimpico back to a fortress.

"We already demonstrated that we can win at home," the Frenchman explained.

"I read that our stadium was a home fortress and to be back like that we need to be in front during the game.

"We need to be consistent, we have to score first but then we have to keep the result."

Striker Mattia Destro joined Milan this week after Garcia insisted that he will not leave the club earlier this month. And the Frenchman says the Roma fans failed to understand the situation of the youngster.

"I would have liked to see the player getting more support," he said.

"I'm not talking about the club or his team-mates. Players should always be supported, even during bad patches, this is what fans do.

"Just look at the numbers, he was outstanding in the second part of last season. But he's gone now and we need to have an even better striker for the second part of the season."

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