Sunday May 4 2014
Totti: 'Compliments to Juve'

Francesco Totti complimented Juventus on their Scudetto and gave his view on the Coppa Italia Final debacle.

Today a 4-1 defeat to Catania ruled Roma out of the title race, handing it to the Bianconeri without setting foot on the pitch.

“There’s not much I can say other than compliments to Juve for their title victory,” Totti told Rai Sport.

“Nobody expected such an ugly Roma performance today, but unfortunately we encountered a side that wanted to win at all costs and played like warriors.

“Rudi Garcia arrived at Roma with the right mentality and transformed this side. The credit for this extraordinary campaign is above all down to him.”

Next Sunday Roma host Juventus in a Serie A game that has gone from Scudetto battle to mere Serie A showcase.

“We all know the campaign is over, but this is never a game like all the others. We will face them with the right spirit and determination to prove Juventus aren’t much stronger than we are.”

Totti was asked whether he’d make an appeal to the fans in the light of the Coppa Italia Final, where a Roma ultra was arrested for shooting a Napoli supporter.

“I have been on football fields for many years and seen all sorts. We must only focus on playing and doing our best. We know many people look up to us and watch what we do.

“I hope what happened last night will never happen again. Rome has nothing to do with what happened, though. This is a welcoming city that should be respected.”

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