Scudetto was always Roma's priority – Pjanic

The Bosnian has played down the significance of Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City, claiming Rudi Garcia’s men primary objective is winning the Serie A title


Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has insisted that the Scudetto was always the club’s priority following their midweek Champions League exit.

The Giallorossi were drawn in arguably the hardest group of the competition, alongside Bayern Munich, Manchester City and CSKA Moscow.

Despite going into the final matchday sitting second in the standings, Rudi Garcia’s men were eliminated after losing 2-0 at home to Manchester City, who thus progressed at the expense of their Italian hosts.

Pjanic, though, insists that he is not perturbed by Roma’s Champions League elimination, as he claims that the Serie A title race is the capital club’s primary concern this season.

“The Scudetto was always our priority,” the Bosnia-Herzegovina international told reporters. “It’s a shame about Wednesday but, as Rudi Garcia said, we have to forget what happened and go forward.

“Obviously we wanted to get through to the next round of the Champions League, but we didn’t manage it and now should concentrate on the Europa League.

“In any case, Serie A remains our real principle objective, as we are targeting the Scudetto. Now we have to finish well before the Christmas break, hoping to get six points so we can rest and recover well for 2015.”

Roma sit second in Serie A, three points behind reigning champions Juventus ahead of Sunday’s trip to third-placed Genoa.

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