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Garcia hails Roma players

SoccerNews in Serie A 25 Sep 2014

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Roma coach Rudi Garcia was delighted after his side came through a tough test at Parma with a 2-1 Serie A win on Wednesday.

The capital club maintained their 100 per cent start to the season thanks to late heroics from Miralem Pjanic.

Adem Ljajic’s early goal was cancelled out by Paolo De Ceglie but Pjanic had the last word, curling an 88th-minute free-kick into the top-right corner.

Garcia told Sky Sport Italia: “We played well with a very good first half that had quality possession.

“It’s always difficult to come to Parma and I really like [Parma coach Roberto] Donadoni, even though we saw a more defensive Parma tonight.

“I am very happy for Adem Ljajic, and I knew at the break we’d probably struggle on set plays. Other than those, we weren’t really allowing any chances.

“How did we resolve the situation? Gave Pjanic the ball and watched him score a genius free kick.”

Roma have been struck by a number of injuries in recent weeks, testing the depth in Garcia’s squad.

But his players have responded in style as they sit just goal difference behind three-time defending champions Juventus in the table.

“We played five games this season and never had the same defence twice,” he added.

“All of them are important and with this series of injuries, which thankfully ground to a halt today, I have at least been shown that I have many great men to rely on.”

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