Luis Enrique tells Roma to follow Francesco Totti’s example when facing Fiorentina and hails “great signing” Marquinho.
The Giallorossi have closed to within four points of rivals Lazio in third place and hope to progress further when welcoming the Viola on Sunday evening.
“Fiorentina are going through a difficult moment, but in their last away game they beat then-leaders Milan, so we have to be very wary,” said Enrique in his press conference.
“Of course Fiorentina worry me, because they were not prepared to fight against relegation with talents of great quality like Stevan Jovetic, Riccardo Montolivo and Juan Manuel Vargas. This side needs points to secure safety and that is what worries me the most.”
When these sides met back in December, Fiorentina were 3-0 winners and Roma had Juan, Fernando Gago and Bojan Krkic sent off.
“That night can act as motivation. We played our game despite the red cards. I understand the fans can be angry after a few defeats and humiliations. We need the support of our fans and they are giving it to us 99.9 per cent. It’s normal to have a little anger at times, but I thank them for their support.
“We have done good things, otherwise we wouldn’t be here fighting for the Champions League. We were inconsistent, but we know that, and work every week to improve,” continued the Coach.
“Totti is a player who doesn’t talk much, but sets the example on the field, which is better. What he shows to the rest of his teammates is very important. It was a real strain to play against Udinese despite his physical condition and he put in a wonderful performance.
“Marquinho is doing much better than we expected. He can get past his man, attack the space and move the play vertically. You haven’t seen how hard his shot is yet! He works with humility, asks where he has gone wrong and what he can do to improve. We’re all very happy, Marquinho is a great signing.”
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