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Friday August 26 2011
Enrique stands by Totti decision

Roma boss Luis Enrique has defended his controversial decision to substitute Francesco Totti as the side crashed out of Europe on Thursday.

The captain was replaced by Stefano Okaka with 15 minutes left and before Slovan Bratislava netted the goal that ensured a 1-1 draw and Europa League qualification.

"Everyone is asking me about Totti," said the tactician who didn't even start with the No 10 in the first leg loss last week.

"I respect the fans, but I see what happens in training and I make my decisions based on that aspect. The supporters can't influence my decisions.

"During a game I make changes for the benefit of the team as a whole. It's easy to criticise me now, but I'm just making my choices."

The Giallorossi were jeered off the pitch as their problematic start under the Spanish boss and new American owners continues.

"The reaction of the crowd was disappointing," Enrique added. "There were a lot of fans out there and the atmosphere was fantastic, I'm sorry they went home annoyed.

"I would have liked a different result, but we had a bit of bad luck and we were unable to put things right.

"It's a tough moment for us, but we have to just carry on working. We created a lot of chances, but a few things in attack didn't work."

New boy Bojan, a summer signing from Barcelona, struggled to make the desired impression up front.

"Bojan will soon reach his level, I think he's suffering from the fact that he hasn't scored yet," the tactician stated.

"I've been here for 30 days and we all still have things to work on."

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