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Garcia targets Europe's elite

By Football News



New Roma coach Rudi Garcia wants to lead the club into the UEFA Champions League while playing attractive football.

The capital city club endured a turbulent 2012/13 season, finishing sixth in Serie A under caretaker coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, who took over from the sacked Zdenek Zeman in February.

Garcia has made the move to Estadio Olimpico after five years with Lille and said he is looking forward to the challenge of reviving Roma's fortunes.

"There is a competitive squad here. Now the important thing is that we get back into Europe - if that is through the biggest door (the Champions League) then that would be better," he told reporters.

"To do that I want to get to know all of the squad and then aim to strengthen it.

"I'm ambitious and we'll work hard. I am afraid of nothing and I'm here to win with a side that enjoys playing football and entertaining the fans."

The 49-year-old said he is not worried about being second choice for the post, after Roma failed to snare AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri.

"The important thing is not being the first choice for a club, but to impose yourself as a coach," he said.

"I've been in contact with Roma for two years and I'm proud to be here."