AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia hailed Ashley Cole's performance as "remarkable" after their 1-1 draw at Champions League opponents Manchester City. Cole had struggled so far in Serie A, but Garcia joked about his performance in Manchester.
"His response was remarkable tonight. Maybe the English air made him happy! We must pack some in the suitcases for him!
"Ashley has always done well for us, but tonight he proved himself to be a great champion.
"We are still a long way off qualifying, but a point tonight leaves City three points behind us and then we have the two games with Bayern Munich.
"I think this result gives my players more confidence, though they already had plenty, that we can have our say in this so-called Group of Death.
"We have an identity, but also need great balance and the players are so good at putting what we worked on for 14 months into a match situation.
"We have players with immense talent, but tonight also saw they can give everything, work hard in defence and realise in these games you need to pay attention to the quality of your opponents too, especially a player like Silva."
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