Guardiola has shown Barcelona's success was not just down to the players, says Garcia

The Frenchman has nothing but praise for his colleague and has acknowledged that Roma need to be on their best in order to beat Bayern

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has voiced his admiration for Bayern Munich chief Pep Guardiola ahead of their Champions League Group E encounter at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.

Guardiola won numerous trophies during his spell in charge of Barcelona and Garcia feels the Spaniard has shown that he played a big role in the club’s successes.

“Guardiola is one of the best: he made a very tough choice joining a club that had won everything the previous year,” Garcia said at a press conference.

“He has shown that Barcelona’s success wasn’t just down to the players, but the coach had his hand in it too.”

Garcia then went on to stress that Bayern are the team to beat at the Olimpico and stressed that Roma must show the right approach if they are to get a positive result.

“We know we’re outsiders. We’ve played two good matches but now we have to keep performing in the Champions League.

“We need to make the most of the spells in the game when we’re on top tomorrow: I expect the Olimpico to be packed.

“We need to be smart tomorrow, having the right approach is what makes the difference.

“We’ll do everything we can to make it hard for Bayern and ultimately pick up points. I’ve watched a lot of Bayern. I’m lucky to have intelligent footballers who can adapt to the game we’re playing.

“We always respect our opponents but we’re not afraid of anyone: we’re hungry and keen to perform well. We have one aim: we want to prove the people wrong who wrote us off straight after the draw.

Roma currently sit second in Group E with four points from two games, trailing leaders Bayern by two points.

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