Champions League

Pep praises Roma boss

2014-10-21 12:19
Pep Guardiola (AFP)

Cape Town - Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola believes Rudi Garcia has done a 'wonderful' job at Roma ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Garcia, who has spent most of his managerial career in his native France, joined I Giallorossi from Lille in 2013 and guided the capital club to a runners-up finish in his first season in Italy.

And Guardiola believes Garcia deserves credit for bringing an attractive brand of football to the Stadio Olimpico, admitting that it can be tough for foreign managers to impose their style in another country.

"It's not easy for a foreign manager to go abroad and impose himself and his style," Guardiola told a press conference, ahead of Bayern's trip to Rome.

"Garcia has done it in a wonderful way. He has left his mark on Roma.

"Just one detail explains it all; the centre-back goes back to receive the goalie's goal kick and starts the action from there.

"Roma do as well and I think these two teams always play the ball, have fantastic midfielders and this is the reason why they are at the top [of Serie A].

"It's a joy to watch Roma play. I have not only seen them play against CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.

"Three days ago, even against Chievo they played very well and that pleases me as a spectator, although I hope not to suffer too much tomorrow."

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