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Rudi Garcia: These two matches against Leverkusen are vital to qualify


Roma coach Rudi Garcia says the Champions League faith of his side will be decided in the next two games against Bayer Leverkusen.

The Giallorossi enjoyed a very positive start to the their European campaign after enjoying a 1-1 draw against Barcelona but suffered an unexpected defeat against BATE Borisov in the next round.

And Garcia wants his players to bounce back straight away when they face Roger Schmidt's side away from home tonight.

"We know that Leverkusen are a good side," Garcia said.

"They play with a high tempo and have done better in the Champions League than they have done in the league so far. They have good players and I'm sure it'll be a great match tomorrow [on Tuesday].

"Roma haven't got a result in Germany for 15 years, but we're looking to rip up the form book tomorrow as the match is going to be important in terms of our qualification hopes.

"On Sunday, we have the chance to go top of Serie A, so it's a really exciting week. I'm pleased to be going into it and I'll be even happier if we secure positive results.

"I always play to win. I won't speak about Lille because that was a different Champions League campaign. I've had eight Champions League games with Roma since I joined the club and we've faced Bayern Munich twice, Manchester City twice and Barcelona once.

"We could have done better, but we always play with the same objective – to try to win and get some points. There's no point looking back to the past. The group looks the way it does and the results are the way they are. It would be good to get some points tomorrow to keep our destiny in our own hands.

"We are happy to have players in our roster that know the Champions League well, but we have others that are still gaining experience in this competition. That doesn't mean we're not ambitious – we want to qualify from the group.

"After the BATE match we understood that the Champions League is like a mini season and if you don't win you don't get very far. That's why these two matches against Leverkusen are so important to our qualification hopes.

"We need to reproduce the league form that has taken us to second in the table. Bayer are a team full of quality players and we'll need to perform well to stop them showing that.

"We need to keep a good balance over the course of the 90 minutes and tomorrow will show us if we've improved in that regard or not."

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