TOTTI: “WE HAVE A VERY STRONG SQUAD”
Tomorrow the Serie A season kicks off, and the very first match will be Francesco Totti’s first competitive match in charge of AS Roma as they host Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico. Fresh off of an excellent preseason during which the Giallorossi won every match, the capital city side will look to kick things off in the best way possible.
Roma have utilized a narrow 4-1-2-1-2 throughout the preseason, and will likely use this formation to start against Sampdoria. Totti himself is expected to start alongside Adam Ljajic with either Miralem Pjanic or Alessandro Florenzi behind them, a deadly attacking trio. Boasting players like Strootman, Verratti, Bradley, and De Rossi in the rest of midfield, Roma looks like it has a very strong season ahead.
“We have a very strong squad that enjoyed a top preseason,” said Totti. “All of the players, myself included, cannot wait for the true season to begin. We have a very strong squad that is capable of fighting for a Champions League place or even the Scudetto.”
Those are bold words, perhaps a little too bold from the Giallorossi captain and manager. Juventus, who have won the last two Scudetti, will be the favorite, while classic giants such as AC Milan and Internazionale will also be joined by Napoli and then perhaps Roma for the title.
Despite Roma’s strengthening in the transfer market and in the managerial sector, they are not the only ones to switch things up. Juventus has brought in Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, a deadly new striking duo, while Napoli brought in Rafa Benitez as manager, dragging the likes of superstar striker Gonzalo Higuain along with him.
“Making it into the Champions League is our biggest priority,” continued Totti. “We want to play in the greatest competition in Europe and attract big names to the Stadio Olimpico. We want to prove we are a truly great club once again.”
When asked on how things would be run if he was playing, the legendary striker replied, “Aurelio Andreazzoli (the assistant manager) and I have a very good understanding and he will be shouting instructions from the touchline if I am involved in the play.”
It seems ‘il Gladiatore’ and AS Roma are prepared for the new Serie A campaign, which kicks off tomorrow at 7:45 at the Stadio Olimpico when the Giallorossi host Sampdoria. A new season is finally on the horizon.