French tactician equally as complimentary of talismanic captain.
Roma ace Francesco Totti has labelled boss Rudi Garcia a “coach of the future” after an impressive start to life in the Italian capital.
The former Lille boss has led the club to two wins in two games to start the new Serie A season, scoring five goals whilst they are yet to concede.
Despite losing young talents such as Marquinhos and Erik Lamela, Garcia has brought in a number of new faces this summer and it would appear that he has the backing of the club’s most supported player who believes there is a bright future ahead for the Giallorossi.
“I was hoping that he could be a great coach, and he has proven it. Fortunately we found the coach of the future,” Totti said in an interview with Canal Plus according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini revealed that Garcia’s work at Lille was a major factor in his decision to hire him, and feels that his instinctive choice will be a success in the long-term.
Meanwhile, Garcia had words of praise for Totti too, with the 36-year-old likely to be rewarded for his fine form with a contract renewal that is set to be finalised later this month.
Despite his advancing years, Totti continues to be the creative hub of this Roma side, and appears to be relishing his role behind two wide men in a more withdrawn position between the lines.
“Francesco Totti is not only a huge player but also a man of great class and quality. He’s one of the greatest players I’ve ever worked with,” Garcia said.
“In Rome I found a group of players that were disheartened after the loss in the Italian Cup final. When I arrived there was lots of negativity, now I have the impression that things are starting to get better,” he concluded.
Garcia will hope to continue the positive start to the new campaign when Roma travel to Parma next Monday.