Milan clubs will challenge Juventus & Roma – Garcia

The French coach believes the pressure will increase on the top two teams this season following the investment from the San Siro clubs this summer

Rudi Garcia believes Serie A will not be a two horse race between Roma and Juventus this season, insisting that AC Milan and Inter will challenge them for the title.

The Giallorossi have been seen as the only credible challengers to Juve heading into each of the last two years, but have ultimately failed to put up much of a fight, finishing 17 points behind them on both occasions.

Inter and Milan finished eighth and 10th respectively last season, failing to qualify for European competition, but both sides have invested heavily in their squad and are expected to improve this term.

Garcia is confident the new arrivals at San Siro will see the pressure increase on his side and believes Napoli will not be far behind.

“It will be a very complicated season,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “It will be more competitive than last year.

“Not only between Roma and Juventus, there are other interesting teams. The two Milan teams for example. When I arrived in Italy, I was surprised to see Inter and Milan so far from the Scudetto.

“Now they are coming back. And then there is Napoli. They are a good team, they always have a strong attack and added some good players.”

The coach was also asked about club icon and captain Francesco Totti.

 “He is a force of nature! The captain, he is a model professional,” he said of the veteran.

Former Inter, Juventus and Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked to a move back to Italy this summer, though Garcia believes he will not leave Paris Saint-Germain.

“As far as I know, he remains at PSG. What if the rich foreigner goes? It’s better to have the same idea as Lyon, which allows them to grow gradually, like us.

“Of course, Roma have more ambitious goals.”

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