Garcia: Inter defeat proves Roma must be more ruthless

The Giallorossi failed to put away a host of chances as they relinquished top spot in Serie A, and their coach has demanded improvements

Rudi Garcia wants Roma to become more ruthless in front of goal following their 1-0 defeat to Inter on Saturday that saw their hosts overtake them in Serie A.

Nerazzurri goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was in inspired form, forcing Edin Dzeko to endure his ninth consecutive outing in all competitions without failing to find the net for the capital outfit.

Miralem Pjanic – who received his marching orders in the second half – and Mohamed Salah were also denied by the custodian as Roma succumbed to Gary Medel’s match-winning effort.

And while Garcia refused to lay the blame for the defeat with his forwards, he warned they must improve in the final third.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose tonight. It’s not just the stats that reveal that,” Garcia said.

“We’re to blame as well because we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal. The forwards in no way let us down. Dzeko needs to play more to find that initial burst of pace.

“Inter closed down all the space up top tonight. Only Salah was occasionally able to find some. Our issue today was shooting too close to the opposition keeper. He was man of the match and stopped us from scoring.

“We didn’t finish well, we weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal. We have to address that immediately.”

The defeat saw Roma slip to second, but Garcia does not feel it will have a major impact on their title challenge.

“Top spot won’t be decided tonight and I’m sure that if we keep playing like this we’ll win a lot of games,” the Frenchman added.

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