Apr 6, 2014 at 2pm UK at ​Stadio Sant'Elia
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Rudi Garcia hails "complete forward" Mattia Destro

AS Roma's forward Mattia Destro celebrates his third goal during the Italian Serie A football match between Cagliari vs AS Roma on April 6, 2014
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Roma manager Rudi Garcia praises Mattia Destro for his hat-trick during the club's 3-1 win against Cagliari.

Roma manager Rudi Garcia has heaped praise on Mattia Destro after the forward's hat-trick helped his side to a 3-1 win over Cagliari this afternoon.

The Giallorossi managed to cut the gap on league leaders Juventus to five points and with Francesco Totti rested, Destro was able to show the impact he can have when playing in a central forward role.

"Today he proved that he is not only a box striker, but a complete forward and he understood you have to give your all in every second of every game. He must maintain that desire to win," Garcia told Sky Sport Italia.

"It's true that when Francesco Totti isn't playing, Destro is a very useful centre-forward. Playing with the others he can only improve, but even when he plays out wide – even with freedom of movement – he can spread his influence in different areas. I don't like any of my forwards to stay in a specific position."

Destro's first career hat-trick has taken his tally to 13 league goals for Roma this season.

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