Saturday August 27 2011
Di Benedetto: 'I'm with Enrique'

Roma owner Thomas Di Benedetto welcomes their Europa League elimination and warns Francesco Totti “I support the Coach 100 per cent.”

The pressure has sky-rocketed on Luis Enrique after he dropped Totti for the first leg and substituted him in the second, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Slovan Bratislava.

Fans and local media have demanded the tactician's dismissal and backed Totti in this apparent cold war.

“I admire Totti very much, as he is a great player and very important for our project, but the Coach decides who plays and when,” warned Di Benedetto on Sky Sport Italia.

“And I support the Coach 100 per cent. We chose him for his philosophy of football, that Barcelona style, but also his behaviour on and off the field. The squad counts more than the individual.”

Fans are furious at the Europa League play-off elimination, but the American investor has other ideas.

“Not being in Europe could prove to be an advantage for Roma. We can give the older players more time to recover and recuperate, plus the Coach can prepare better for each game. This elimination could make us stronger.”

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