Friday October 11 2013
Higuain: Totti needs to play

Gonzalo Higuain is encouraged by the prospect of facing up to Francesco Totti when Napoli play Roma, but says it is no title decider.

Totti was an early doubt to make Week 8’s meeting between Serie A’s current top two, before tests revealed that a suspected injury was nothing serious.

For his potential opponent come next Friday, it is good news.

“It would only be right for him to be there, because of his football and that some special challenges need talents of the kind that Totti is,” Higuain reflected to reporters this week.

“He is an extraordinary footballer, who can delight. It is better to play with him, for the advantage of the show.”

The Argentine was asked if this League meeting at the Stadio Olimpico could have a say in the title race, which also currently involves Juventus, who are level on points with the Vesuviani.

“It is too early to talk about it. For us, we will not think about it until 72 hours beforehand.

“Yet, it is indisputable that it will be an important game, capable of sending an additional signal, but nothing more, it is no final.

“The season is very long, there is no eventuality that will change my mind, whatever happens.

“Are Juventus stronger in the title race? We cannot even say we are at the end of the first half of the season and in a title race complicated things can happen.

“We need to at least wait until the end of the first half of fixtures to sense the true forces and then even that may not be enough.

“But anyway, I am generally not accustomed to the interest of others, I am thinking about my team, to improve, to grow through training.

“I do not have a tendency to mind other people’s business, but it is indisputable that the champions of Italy do not lack class players.”