Saturday December 21 2013
Totti's message to Juve

Francesco Totti looked back at a mixed 2013 and trusts Roma’s match with Juventus “won’t be decisive.”

The captain wished supporters a Merry Christmas on Roma Channel and was asked what he’d like to find under the tree.

“I’d be banal if I said what I’d like. I will try in every way to give myself a wonderful gift, but above all I’d love to give the fans a huge present that they deserve more than anyone.

“It has been a mixed 2013. The first six months were shaky, we could even say ugly, while we all wanted this start to the new season. We hope to continue like this in 2014, that is the most important thing.”

The New Year kicks off with a bang, as on January 5 Roma take on Serie A leaders Juventus.

“It will be an important and significant game, both for us and for them. We’ll be playing a second Derby, but even if it should go badly, it’s not as if the season is over. It won’t be decisive.”

Juve goalkeeper Gigi Buffon sent an amusing video message urging Totti to “eat lots over Christmas so you’re nice and weighed down” for the big game.

“I have a very rigid training and diet plan to respect,” laughed the Roma captain. “I wish Buffon a very Happy Christmas and hope he gets second place this season.

“As a friend I can only wish him all the greatest joys football can bring. He deserves the best. I’ve shared many moments with him and am proud to have him as a friend. He’s a phenomenon both on the field and off it.”

Totti is expected to start tomorrow afternoon’s game against Catania, his first in six weeks after making a substitute appearance in the 1-1 at Milan.

“I am feeling better now, though obviously I’m not at 100 per cent yet. The important thing is that the injury is behind me and now I can pick up where I left off.”