Fresh off their Scudetto success, Napoli officially presented their new manager, former Roma coach Rudi Garcia, to the media this evening.
The Frenchman was selected to replace Luciano Spalletti, marking his return to Serie A for the first time since his tenure with Roma which ran from July 2013 until January 2016.
“(President) De Laurentiis has set a pretty high bar for the team,” began Garcia. “The dream is to win trophies just like the club did this past season.”
“A team like Napoli must play in the Champions League every single year while being an important club in this country.”
He added, “My return to Italy? I hope to be a Garcia with more experience because I’ve done a lot since I left Roma. It’s a pleasure to be back in Italy and here in Napoli, I’m eager to explore the city.”
The Frenchman was asked to compare the current Napoli team to some of the players that were in his Roma squads.
“Is there anyone in the team similar to Gervinho? Sure, I think there’s guys with similar qualities already in the team but I still need time to get to know these players better.”
“I’m eager to learn more about them to learn what motivates them and which buttons I’ll have to push. There’s no doubting the quality and talent is in place.”