Thursday, 11th December, 2014

Rudi Garcia admits that Roma paid for not taking their chances against Manchester City last night.

Goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta helped the English champions to a 2-0 win over the Italians in Rome, which also allowed the Citizens to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

As it turned out, a point would have been good enough for Roma to qualify, but Manchester City weathered the storm early on to win all three points.

Garcia admits that Roma showed their lack of experience by not being able to convert their chances and said that Manchester City were more clinical in front of goal.

“We were lacking experience tonight and were unlucky too”, the Roma coach told UEFA.


“In the first 15 minutes we had some good chances but didn't convert them into even one goal. City were more efficient; that's what a big team has to be.”

Garcia added that theirs was also one of the toughest groups in the competition and credited Manchester City for recovering from a bad start to their campaign.

“We know how difficult getting to the round of 16 was; this was the most difficult group. We needed something amazing and didn't get that.

“City didn't start this competition well, but they improved a lot. Tonight they showed how strong they are, even without some key players.”

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