It should have been the perfect combination with Totti and Adriano leading Roma’s attack, however, this dream partnership has failed to impress. Adriano’s injury plagued season and Totti’s tense relationship with coach Claudio Ranieri almost saw the scudetto runners up last season doomed to the bottom 3 only 2 months into the new season.
Now, as Roma prepare to face their arch rivals Lazio this Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico, they will have to do it without their iconic captain Francesco Totti who is suspended for the match after being sent off in their 2-0 over Lecce last week.
Totti not only received a one match ban, but was also fined 20,000 Euros. Still trying to come to terms with his punishment, Totti voiced his concern terming the ban ‘too much’.
“I did not deserve a one-match ban, but had the sanctions been heavier, I would have revealed the truth about what happened,” Totti said.
“I think the sending-off and fine is too much. For me, it is too heavy not being able to play in the derby. It’s too important a game for me, and it always provokes my emotions.”
Meanwhile strike partner Adriano is also fighting to earn a slot in Ranieri’s starting line up. The Brazilian is yet to feature for Roma regularly this season raising questions as to whether he will return to Brazil.
Adriano’s agent however rubbished the reports linking his client with a return to Brazil-Santos in particular.
“Adriano to Santos? This is not true at all. It is just a made up invention to put pressure on the player,” Rinaldi said. “I have said it many times before that Adriano will not leave Roma.
“I am not in contact with any club because the player wants to show what he is worth in the capital. I can categorically deny the reports.”
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