Thursday September 27 2012
Totti: 'Juve-Roma like a derby'

Francesco Totti thanked everyone for the birthday greetings and confirmed Saturday’s Juventus-Roma “is second only to the derby.”

The Giallorossi captain turned 36 today and last night scored his 216th Serie A goal, putting him joint third in the all-time Capocannoniere charts alongside legends Giuseppe Meazza and Jose Altafini.

“It was emotional to score that goal, even though I would’ve preferred to win and bring back three points,” he told Roma Channel after the 1-1 draw with Sampdoria.

With Alessandro Del Piero’s move to Sydney FC, Totti is the only remaining ‘bandiera’ of Italian clubs.

“It is going to be a little strange to play Juventus-Roma without Del Piero. I would’ve liked to face him again so we could retire together.

“Without doubt Del Piero will be missed by Italian football. The important thing is I’m still here!” joked Totti.

“Of course there is rivalry with the Bianconeri and that’s only normal. After all, this is not a game like any other. I’d put it as the second most important fixture, right behind the derby.

“We will try to face it with a carefree attitude so we can put in a great performance.”

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