Rudi Garcia shared his thoughts on joining Napoli, the vibrant atmosphere of the city, and his anticipation for the upcoming season in his recent interview.
The 59-year-old French coach was an unexpected choice to succeed Luciano Spalletti, who decided to take a one-year break from football to spend time with his family.
Garcia’s most recent coaching experience was a nine-month tenure with Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, where he achieved an average of 2.30 points per match over 23 league matches.
In his conversation with Napoli’s media department, Garcia expressed his feelings about his arrival at the club this month and his initial impressions of the city.
“I have good feelings, I received a warm welcome, I thank the fans. As soon as I arrived in the city, I saw flags and banners of the Scudetto, and I must say it was a beautiful thing. You can see that you talk, eat and live football here and that’s something I like a lot.”
Garcia revealed his expectations for Napoli’s next season
He touched on his expectations for his first match at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
“But I know that the Napoli fans can have a big impact by putting pressure on their opponents and charging their players. I can’t wait to play my first home game. Napoli are joyful, enthusiastic music that makes you want to dance and score goals.”
The French coach spoke about his knowledge of the city and surrounding area.
“In the past I have visited Pompeii, I have seen the Amalfi Coast which is crazy. I’ve never toured Naples, in the past it was complicated, I would have done it, but I would never have thought of doing it as coach of Napoli.
“It will be complicated, but I’ll do it anyway. When I’ve done a good job and I’m resting, I’ll go and discover the city and Campania.”
Finally, Garcia sent a message to the Napoli fans.
“A big hello and thank you for the welcome. But I’ll give my all to continue to see the fans happy.”
Garcia has experience in Serie A, having spent two and a half years with Roma from July 2013 to January 2016