Roma boss Rudi Garcia has echoed the sentiments of opposite number Antonio Conte by stating his belief that Sunday evening’s meeting of the two Serie A front runners will not have a significant bearing on the eventual destiny of this season’s Scudetto trophy.
Speaking to reporters in Rome, the 49-year-old began: “Tomorrow’s game won’t decide the championship. Roma and Juventus are good sides, both with strong and weak points.
“They will have the advantage of playing at home, but if people have us down as underdogs, I’d say it works in our favour. We’ve got the league’s best defence and an excellent attack. We’ll give it all we’ve got and go for the three points, as we always do.”
Whilst parallels have understandably been drawn between the two early contenders for title glory, Garcia opted to focus on the fundamental differences before revealing his respect for the work of Conte.
He added: “Juventus are enjoying an extraordinary season and can score at any moment - but they are different to us. They line up with a three-man rearguard, while we play another system. I met Conte in Trigoria and spoke to him for five minutes. I’ve got great respect for him. He’s a fine coach.”