As Roma begin their pre-season camp this week, captain Francesco Totti has expressed his hopes of doing well under Coach Zdenek Zeman.
The chain-smoking veteran tactician returned to the Giallorossi hotseat this summer after more than a decade away.
Having impressed with Pescara last term, leading them to the Serie B title, expectations are that Zeman will continue Roma’s ambitions for an attractive, effective style of play.
Totti, who played on the left-hand side of a three-man attack in Zeman’s first spell at the club in the 1990s, shares in the growing enthusiasm for his return.
“We are ready to go and play a great season,” he declared to Roma Channel on Tuesday.
“How have I found Zeman? As always, he smokes and talks little, but when he does speak his words are important, heavy.
“I know Zeman well. I in particular have great desire and great motivation, as always.
“We hope to have a good year. With him I think that the strikers have more chance of scoring goals. I also have this opportunity and will look to exploit it.”
Whilst on holiday this summer, Totti bumped into Lionel Messi, something that along with Italy’s progress at Euro 2012, he took time to recall in his interview.
“I was in a restaurant in Ibiza, Messi came to say hello and asked me to take a picture, but if I had seen him first then I would have done the same thing.
“Italy played a great European Championship, but, eventually they came up against a team much stronger, superior from every point of view, so it was difficult for them to win.”