Kevin Strootman: 'We are title challengers'

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman says that Rudi Garcia has instilled a great team spirit since arriving from Lille in the summer.

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has said that Giallorossi boss Rudi Garcia has brought the dressing room together since arriving from Lille in the summer.

The Dutch international, who himself moved to the Italian capital from PSV Eindhoven for £15m this summer, believes that the Frenchman has transformed the team into title contenders.

The three-time winners lead Inter Milan by two points at the top of the league having won their opening five games of the season.

"Juventus remain the favourites for the Scudetto, but Roma are there too," the 23-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

"We've got great players here, as Miralem Pjanic is a real talent and Daniele De Rossi knows how to do everything.

"I was so impressed by the way we celebrated the win at Sampdoria last night, all together including the kit staff. Coach Rudi Garcia came in and improved everything that wasn't working."

Roma welcome Bologna to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Roma's Miralem Pjanic is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's second goal against Hellas Verona on September 1, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Napoli21173145133254
2Juventus21172250153553
3Lazio20134353252843
4Inter Milan21127236162043
5Roma20124431151640
6Sampdoria2010373930933
7AC Milan219482728-131
8Atalanta BCAtalanta218673127430
9Torino2161142928129
10Udinese209293428629
11Fiorentina217773024628
12Bologna2183102630-427
13AC Chievo VeronaChievo215792137-1622
14SassuoloSassuolo2164111431-1722
15Genoa2156101623-721
16CagliariCagliari2162131933-1420
17Crotone2153131638-2218
18SPALSPAL2137112239-1716
19Hellas VeronaHellas Verona2134141844-2613
20BeneventoBenevento2121181346-337
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