The Giallorossi boss warns the club cannot forsake defence for the sake of attackers and has demanded three more arrivals to boost his backline

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has urged the club to invest in three more defenders following their 6-4 friendly win over Sevilla on Friday, in which the team nearly fumbled a six-goal lead.

The recent sales of Alessio Romagnoli and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to AC Milan and Lyon respectively have left the Giallorossi thin at the back, with rumours of Ashley Cole being set to have his contract terminated compounding matters.

Last term’s Serie A runners-up have been active on the transfer front, recruiting Edin Dzeko, Mohamed Salah and Wojciech Szczesny – with the former duo shining against Sevilla – athough Garcia insists it is the defence that now needs reinforcements.

“There’s work to be done, I’m waiting for two central defenders since Yanga-Mbiwa has left,” the Frenchman told Roma TV. “Then we need a full-back, although [Vasilis] Torosidis had a great game.

“It was a great evening for the fans, but from the coach’s point of view it’s never good to concede four goals. Now we have eight days to prepare for Verona, so we’re ready to go for the start of the season. The team’s creativity makes chances, and individual quality makes the difference.

“The attack and midfield are fine, but I don’t have much time to work on the defence as the new buys are arriving late. That’s okay though, we did it last year with Kostas Manolas and Jose Holebas, we’ll do it again this year.”

Garcia is about to embark on his third season in charge of the capital outfit, and is seeking his first Serie A title after twice finishing second behind Juventus.