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Roma boss Rudi Garcia wasn’t particularly pleased with the way his side squandered a lead against Chievo to tie but underlined a bright spot in Sadiq Umar.

After the game the French tactician told Mediaset Premium,:

“I can’t say anything to the players. It’s obvious that we dropped two points today. We were up by two goals and we shouldn’t have conceded their first goal. When we were up 3-2 there wasn’t much time left and we conceded from a dead ball. Today it was hard as important players were missing, but I thought it was still possible to win with these players.” 

When asked for his thoughts on the fact that even second place is becoming further and further out of their reach, the former Lille boss said,:

“Yes, it’s true but we play again on Saturday. We will hopefully recover a number of players. I hope that we didn’t lose Salah for too long. We will look to cancel out individual errors and hopefully keep pushing forward.” 

Garcia was then asked to explain the importance behind the suspensions of three key players for today’s game. He told reporters,:

“A game without seven midfielders on seven can still take place. The players were all angry but we must channel this anger onto the pitch for Saturday’s game. It will be a great game against Milan and if we don’t want to lose more ground we have to win. We had a number of scoring chances, I’m happy for Sadiq as he is growing and it’s evident that we have a quality player. He’s important considering Dzeko’s absence. We’re short on players in the final third as well as in midfield.”

 Much to Garcia’s dismay, a reporter asked him about his side’s lack of defensive solidity recently. In response he said,:

“At the moment, the players feel fresh both physically and mentally. Manolas was unlucky on the three goals but he’s been the best player since the beginning of the season. It’s possible that for one game he has an off-day. This team was coming off four consecutive games without conceding a goal, and now we find a way to score three.”

Garcia concluded his post-match interview by talking about the potential of using Sadiq against Milan. The Frenchman said,:

He could be a solution but we hope Totti can play. Sadiq plays with enthusiasm and confidence. He fights and has interesting characteristics. It’s a shame he wasn’t able to score his second goal because he deserved it. He’s a player that offers us a lot.”

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