Monday July 9 2012
Roma need new faces, warns Totti

Francesco Totti expects to regularly find the net under Zdenek Zeman this season, but warned that Roma need some reinforcements to challenge.

After a 13-year absence, Totti will again be working under the 4-3-3 Czech tactician who has a penchant for attacking football.

“Knowing the Coach and his methods, I think I can score about 20 goals this season,” the 35-year-old, who netted only eight last term, stated on Monday.

Despite being optimistic about his personal targets for 2012-13, Totti believes it may be tough for his club to challenge for honours.

“I’m more experienced than I was then Zeman was first here, but you can’t win games on your own,” he continued.

“The squad is quite good, but it needs completing. We need important signings to reach the levels of Juventus, Milan and Inter.

“Who? I don’t want to name any names. You certainly need big players to win things, but we’ll have to wait and see.

“A transitional year? I’m not sure the fans have the desire to wait another year…”

The Giallorossi’s top scorer last season was Daniel Pablo Osvaldo and Totti expects the Argentine-born Italian international to again shine.

“Osvaldo can have a great season. He too has played under Zeman before at Lecce and he can do well. The change of system could help him.”

Totti was fielded as a wide attacker in a friendly on Sunday, but he’s looking at returning to a more central role.

“As Zeman said yesterday, it isn’t a final decision. In that wide role he’s looking for someone to make deep runs which is not really within my characteristics.

“I’ll just do the best I can. I could play as a centre-forward, but we’ll see what the Coach decides.”