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García: Salah will settle into role
AS Roma coach Rudi García said he was satisfied with Mohamed Salah’s debut, asserting that his performance will soon improve.
Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona, the Giallorossi boss said the recently acquired Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko will settle into their roles after an underwhelming offensive performance by the attacking duo.
The Giallorossi were able to salvage one point during the Serie A opener away from the Italian Capital, and García pointed to lack of offensive zip but is adamant Salah will settle into his role.
After a quiet first half for Salah, the Egyptian international was substituted in the 66th minute but received praise from his head coach and an explanation for the 23-year-old’s early departure.
“Salah was close to scoring his first goal with us and wanted to stay out for longer, but it’s important the players know I need everyone over the campaign,” García said during a post-match press conference, adding that the club will need a positive attitude headed into the long season, including their Coppa Italia commitments.
While disappointed for not capturing the full three points, García said the club as a whole is on the right track with its general approach.
“We could have done better up front, but perhaps we took too many touches,” García said.
“Dzeko and Salah have only just joined us, yet they’ve managed to do well so far, and I’m sure they’ll do even better,” he added.
Underwhelming offensive performance aside, the García said securing a left-back is a higher priority for the club, with question marks remaining for Roma’s backline.
Garcia also said he will be closely watching rivals Juventus play against Udinese on Sunday as Roma prepare to meet last year’s UEFA Champions League runner-ups next on August 30th.
“It will above all be interesting because we play them next, so watching that we’ll have a better idea of their identity now,” he said, noting a shake up of Juventus’ roster since last season.