Rudi Garcia Rues Wasted Chances at Juve

Rudi Garcia says he is “disappointed” by Roma’s inability to take chances in Sunday’s 3-2 derby defeat to Juventus.

Leonardo Bonucci’s late winner ended I Giallorossi 5-game unbeaten run in Turin. Carlos Tevez opened scoring for the ‘Old Lady’ in the 27th minute before Roma captain Francesco Totti restored parity from the spot.

Juan Manuel Iturbe pulled the Naples club ahead in the 44th minute but Tevez converted another penalty to level matters on the stroke of half-time.

Bonucci then volleyed past Roma goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski to help Massimiliano Allegri’s men claim their sixth consecutive win of the Italian Serie A season and move 3 points clear of Roma in the table.

Leonardo Bonnuci Celebrates Match Winner Against Roma. Image: AFP.
Leonardo Bonnuci Celebrates Match Winner Against Roma. Image: AFP.

“I am happy that my team can play at the same level as Juve,” Garcia told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But I am disappointed with the result as we had two great opportunities to score with Gervinho and Miralem Pjanic and we didn’t convert them.

“Both teams battled it out until the end, with 14 players giving their best. We made several mistakes and it was our fault that we lost. The game was in the end decided by an episode.

“We are second in the standings and that means we must get back to winning ways after the international break. I hope that all of my players that are joining their respective national teams return to the club in full fitness.”

Both teams ended the match with ten men after Alvaro Morata and Roma defender Kostas Manolas were shown straight reds for dissent on the sideline.

“Manolas reacted in a stupid way,” Garcia added. “You can’t take justice into your own hands. We need to learn to control our nerves. It’s important to end a game with 11 players.”

Roma host Chievo after the international break and entertain German champions Bayern Munich three days later on Match Day 3 of the 2014-15 Uefa Champions League.

“We have important games coming up and we need to be ready,” Garcia said. “I am disappointed that I will not have Manolas available for our next game.”

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