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Wojciech Szczesny on his Roma debut and dealing with the language barrier


Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says his first game for the Giallorossi was a "good experience".

The Poland international was introduced at half-time and despite conceding two goals he produced a number of very good saves during the game.

He joined Roma from Arsenal on a season-long loan after the Gunners signed Petr Cech from rivals Chelsea.

"It's good to have my first game under the belt, it was a good experience," he told Roma's official website.

"I've had a really good week of training with the boys, there's a fantastic group of players here. Obviously we must set the standard higher for ourselves because when you play for a big club there are no friendly games and you have to win.

"So the result is really bad tonight.

"I'm trying to learn Italian, I've had a week of lessons every day and I'm making progress. I try to speak with them obviously.

"Some of the guys speak good English too. If you give us a few weeks, the connection and the understanding between us will be good.

"He's [Rudi Garcia is] a great coach. I've only trained with him for a week but he's a good guy with a great personality. He takes charge of the group – he's a leader."

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