AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia has defended his team as their title push stumbles.
Garcia said: “Nothing has stopped working, it’s just that the 10 consecutive victories were extraordinary. We cannot compare the first part of the season to the second, as after that we were without Francesco Totti, Gervinho and others for long periods. You can make statistics say anything.
“It was very important to get back to winning ways in the Coppa Italia against Sampdoria on Thursday, we achieved that, so now we must continue along that path. It’s a good sign that we create many scoring opportunities, though obviously it’d be better if we took more of them.
“If we reach the midway stage of the season with 44 points, it’d be a great result. It’s the kind of tally worthy of a Scudetto contender and above all Champions League qualifiers, which is our real target.”