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Rudi Garcia remains coy on title race


Roma coach Rudi Garcia claims the title race is far from over even though Juventus opened up a nine-point gap at the top of the table.

The Giallorossi were again far from their very best as they could only manage a draw away at Verona.

But the Frenchman insists that there is still a long way to go in the championship.

"We did well in the first half, I liked the performance," Garcia said.

"The players showed quality but we struggled in the last 15 minutes. We were not patient enough and made many more mistakes.

"Verona fought hard, they adopted the long-ball approach for Luca Toni, it's a type of game we have to reflect on to understand how to beat it.

"[The title race?] For now we have to protect the second place in the table, that's the only way to then attack the first. We have to be quiet and work hard.

"We dropped way too many points but there is still a long way to go.

"It seems we have this disease of getting too many draws."

Roma face Juventus next week but the Frenchman says the focus is on next Thursday's Europa League game against Feyenoord.

"The fans have to wait [for Juventus]," he said.

"The next game is the Europa League and our focus is on this game because we want to qualify."

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