Captain Francesco Totti could be used as winger at Roma in 2012-13, confirmed Coach Zdenek Zeman after a 9-0 victory over Val Pusteria on Sunday.
Zeman returned to replace the departing Luis Enrique this summer in what will be his second spell at the club, following a two-year stint from 1997-1999 as the side’s tactician.
When prompted about where he intends to play Totti, Zeman replied that nothing is definite yet. “I’ve not given any indications. I found Totti as a winger [in his first spell with the club] and I think he can play there.
“The players had no specific duties today. I wanted to see how they played together. Today was not a football match,” the summer signing from Pescara noted.
“Overlapping runs are the only thing we tried out today. Some did it better, others worse. We must work, from tomorrow onwards we will begin to try out some methods of play.”
The Czech then talked about two of Roma’s attacking starlets, beginning with Argentine Erik Lamela. “Lamela for me is a winger, an important player with great qualities but he must extract those,” he stated. “He must play more with his teammates.
“Bojan Krkic? I don’t know what people expected from him, but last year he had a good campaign without playing all of the games.
“He’s an interesting player and I hope to have him in the side as soon as possible. Now he’s playing just for himself and I see much confusion in him.
“He scored a good goal [a long-range belter] but that’s not enough. He’s a boy with great quality and he can score many goals,” Zeman concluded.
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