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Roma boss Garcia delighted with thumping Sampdoria win

AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia was delighted with their 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

Mattia Destro struck twice, with Miralem Pjanic also scoring.

"I think that after the Coppa Italia there was a lack of respect for my team," Garcia told Sky Sport Italia.

"Today we saw the response, as the truth is always on the pitch. We saw a great Roma side, who are second in Serie A, play incredible football, are four points ahead of Napoli with a game in hand.

"Tonight we proved that we are strong. You all know there was a lack of respect. People need to acknowledge what this team can do and say the truth. I have total faith in this team and I think I am right to do so."

The game was played with the Curva Sud and Curva Nord closed after anti-Neapolitan chants broke 'territorial discrimination' rules.

"It was also a little strange to play in a stadium like this. There was nothing positive around the team beforehand, so I put forward this result, this performance, these three goals and an iron defence.

"When I say everything was negative around us, I include the fact we were playing against a Sampdoria side that plays good football and came out attacking us from the start."

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