Garcia praises Roma’s character

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AS Roma head coach Rudi Garcia was visibly relieved after his team scraped to a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.

The Giallorossi took a two-goal lead in the first half an hour thanks to Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko, before the German side equalised in the second half through Admir Mehmedi and Javier Hernandez.

But Miralem Pjanic scored an 80th-minute penalty to secure all three points for the Italians and take them up to second in Group E, one point ahead of Bayer but five adrift of group leaders Barcelona.

"We certainly don't get bored when these two teams play each other," Garcia told Mediaset Premium, thinking back to their thrilling 4-4 draw in Germany a fortnight ago.

"We could've scored more goals in the first half and after the break there was this black-out, but we had the character to get back into it.

"We would've been out of the tournament if we hadn't won tonight. The lads did well, because there are teams who would crumble if going from 2-0 to 2-2 in five minutes.

"In the second half we ran two metres less than in the first. Perhaps some think they can lean on their teammates instead of doing something more to help their teammate.

"The coach can understand negative things there, but I am happy because the lads reacted the way they should've done."