Not exactly news, but Garcia is always glowing in his praise about his players, and the positivity is clearly working wonders for everyone's confidence.
A lot's been said—rightly—about the way he's turned around Gervinho's career since the Ivorian's move from Arsenal, but Garcia's also had a profound effect on Destro, a player who was tipped for great things but failed to really shine at Roma last year, following his big-money move.
His comments after the Cagliari game were typical. Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, (here in English via Football-Italia) Garcia said:
It was the right result, especially with great possession and fluidity in the second half. We were able to make the most of the spaces after taking the lead.
Above all what I knew about him was that he was injured. Today he proved that he is not only a box striker, but a complete forward and he understood you have to give your all in every second of every game. He must maintain that desire to win.
It’s true that when Francesco Totti isn’t playing, Destro is a very useful centre-forward. Playing with the others he can only improve, but even when he plays out wide – even with freedom of movement – he can spread his influence in different areas. I don’t like any of my forwards to stay in a specific position.
Of course I knew Gervinho could be this decisive. He started with me at Le Mans, then at Lille we won the Double, so when I arrived at Roma I realised we were missing someone like him. He can get past one or two men and make the difference against teams that are locked down. Gervinho always plays for his teammates too and makes good choices.
We have a very attentive staff who study the opposition, which is why we know what to do. Roma hadn’t won here for 19 years, so we knew this was a difficult test, but the team is confident.