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Roma president Pallotta hails Garcia impact

AS Roma president James Pallotta is delighted with their impressive start to the season.

Pallotta commented on Roma's 100 per cent start to the season, as well as congratulating Coach Rudi Garcia on the job he has done so far.

"I've only been lucky enough to be President since last July and I said we had a five-year plan and beyond, but I also said I would be very disappointed if we were not competing at the top level before that.

"If you take the last year or so, and certainly since the end of last May, there's been substantial positive changes.

"When I first met Rudi, the first question I asked him was 'How do you relate to your team?' And he said, 'I love my team first and foremost and my players'.

"When the team came over to the States on tour, you could see a vastly different change in demeanor.

"Right off the bat, all of the players were hanging together, day and night. If you take the first game of the season, when Daniele [De Rossi] scored, you would have thought that we'd won the Champions League. Every single player on the team mobbed him.

"Then in the last game against Parma, in the 85th minute when the game was in hand and one of our players went down with what was maybe a bit of a cheap shot, the rest of the team came over and basically said to Parma that if you screw with one of our players you screw with all of us.

"That's just one more sign of what's being created here, which is a team."

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