Fundamentally, Garcia does not appear to have a plan B up his sleeve when his side is experiencing a difficult run. The team has been struggling for fitness and form, yet the French tactician has been fielding virtually the same XI game by game, asking them to follow a tactical game-plan that just博狗网 isn't working. Much like his final year at Lille, teams have figured out how to nullify the Giallorossi's pattern of play – sit deep and close the space.
The slump in form since the turn of the year has caught most by surprise, but it appears Rudi Garcia's stubbornness to adjust his game-plan is mirroring his final season plateau at Lille.
A Ligue 1 title in 2011 was ultimately followed by a steep drop-off, where Lille finished third in the next season, drawing a series of matches around the turn of the year. The following season saw Garcia’s men fall to sixth, drawing 14 games and winning just 16.
At Lille, a criticism levelled at Garcia was his failure to integrate youth into his experienced, but ageing first team. At Roma, Leandro Paredes and Salih Ucan were drafted in on loan to add depth to a squad competing on three fronts. However, the former has just a handful of appearances, whilst the latter has a paltry three minutes under his belt.
Again, there was a festive slump, the side recorded just two wins across December and January – drawing four of their nine matches across that period – and Garcia left at the end of the season.
Roma's season is now at serious risk of imploding aag投注官网nd a vital Europa League Last 16 second leg against Fiorentina awaits on Thursday. If Garcia is to usher in the new Stadio Della Rombbin真人糖果派对a in two years time, he will have to do what he couldn't at Lille – come up with a Plan B. His future is riding on it.
Roma sank to a new low on Monday night. Defeat to Sampdoria ended a streak of six home draws in a row, leaving the Giallorossi firmly mired in a battle to hold on to second place and the automatic Champions League qualification spot.
Garcia doesn't appear convinced by Ucan's ability and although Paredes has impressed in a Pjanic-like role, he too hasn't been given the Coach's complete faith. The young and vibrant Daniele Verde impressed earlier this year, bringing an added infusion of pace and directness which had been sorely lacking. However, he hasn't seen much game-time of late after a bright start.
Garcia supplemented flair players Eden Hazard and Gervinho with a midfield which provided a mixture of determination, desire and creativity from the likes of Rio Mavuba, Florent Balmont and Yohan Cabaye. Daniele De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic are being asked to replicate those roles at Roma.
The Frenchman was hailed as a tactical genius for transforming Les Dogues in 2010-11 from a defensive, counter-attacking team to an all encompassing, free-flowing attacking outfit which won the League and cup double. In the 4-3-3 system to which he rigidly sticks at Roma, he was able to get the best out of his full backs at Lille. That included converting Mathieu Debuchy from a midfielder to a marauding wing back – a transformation Garcia is attempting with Alessandro Florenzi in Rome.
It is now up to Garcia break from past patterns and try to conjure up an alternative system to get the best out of his deflated squad. Seydou Doumbia was purchased in January to provide a reference point up-front amidst a sea of wingers who drift around the box, but rarely make themselves available to finish a move. Perhaps with his gradual return to match fitness, the Ivorian might give Garcia an option the Giallorossi desperately need.