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Rudi Garcia: First defeat of the season, but we didn't deserve it


Roma coach Rudi Garcia has warned his players that they could soon be out of the title race if they keep dropping points in the first part of the season.

The Giallorossi struggled to cope with the pace of Sampdoria on Wednesday night as they suffered their first defeat of the season.

And the Frenchman says it will be important to bounce back straight away against Carpi on Saturday.

"This was our first defeat of the season, but we didn't deserve it," Garcia said after the defeat.

"I'm pleased with how the team played, but we do need to improve our finishing and defend better as a team. We paid the price for individual errors tonight, just like against Sassuolo on Sunday.

"Given the amount of chances we created, even a draw wouldn't have been acceptable, so a defeat is even worse."

"There's no pressure on the players. We just need to make some improvements in defense. We conceded two against Sassuolo and the same again tonight – winning matches becomes much more difficult if we do this every game.

"The stats tell you all you need to know about our superiority in the match: 40 crosses, 18 corners and 24 shots. We can improve on this by hitting the back of the net more often and being tighter at the back.

"If we carry on playing in this manner, we'll win these encounters. It's tough right now because of the result, but we need to focus on getting the victory on Saturday because if we drop too many points, we might drop out of contention in the league."

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