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Soccer: Garcia's French Revolution starts at Roma

'I'm here to win' says new coach

Soccer: Garcia's French Revolution starts at Roma

(By Paul Virgo) Rome, June 19 - French coach Rudi Garcia promised his team would play attractive, winning soccer on Wednesday when he was presented as AS Roma's new boss. "I'm not scared of anything," the 49-year-old former midfielder, who has signed a two-year contract, told a press conference. "I'm here to win with a team that must give the fans a good time. "I already know the city, it is full of history, and I know that this team have great ambitions". Garcia, who has Spanish roots, joins Roma after five years in charge of Lille, who he led to the French league-Cup double in 2011. He replaces Aurelio Andreazzoli, who was not retained after Roma endured a disappointing Serie A campaign with a talented young squad, finishing outside the European qualification slots in sixth place. Andreazzoli was promoted from assistant to head coach in February when the club sacked Czech boss Zdenek Zeman. Garcia like to encourage his sides to play positive attacking soccer, although he is considered more pragmatic in his approach than Zeman, who at times seemed to willfully neglect the defensive side of the game. "I believe that you have a better chance of winning games by playing good football," Garcia said. "Obviously to be successful you need to score one more than the opposition but to win trophies and titles you need a very strong defensive set-up too". Garcia said both captain Francesco Totti and Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi are part of his plans. There have been doubts about the future of both footballers, born-and-bred Romans who have played for no other club as pros. Totti, 36, is looking to extend his contract, which expires next year. There has been speculation, meanwhile, that De Rossi might be sold in the closed season after coming under fire from some Roma fans last season for several poor displays. "You'll see during the season that I'm a coach who gives great importance to having a team that needs talented players," said Garcia. "Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi are important players. "Totti will have an important role on and off the field. "De Rossi is a national-team player and I can't wait to meet him and the others". Before taking over at Lille, Garcia coached at Saint-Etienne, first as an assistant and then as head coach, Dijon and Le Mans. "The main thing is that we get back into Europe again," he added. "The league season is very long. I'd have preferred to be playing European football as well but there can be advantages to not playing every three days. "We'll see how our season pans out but I think it's going to be a great year".

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