Monday December 6 2010
Low morale in Roma camp

Claudio Ranieri is having difficulty lifting his players after Roma's 2-2 draw with Chievo on Saturday.

A number of the team's key protagonists are reportedly disillusioned with Roma's results and Ranieri's decision-making in recent weeks.

There was a great deal of surprise when Ranieri revolutionised the starting XI in Verona, which saw Francesco Totti, Marco Borriello and Jeremy Menez all benched.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands Totti is particularly aggrieved that he didn't even merit a substitute's appearance at the Bentegodi, while David Pizarro, the midfield playmaker, has also taken act with Ranieri's selection choices.

He was a first team regular until a month and a half ago, but appears to have lost Ranieri's faith after his return from injury coincided with a heavy 3-1 defeat to Palermo.

Despite starting against Chievo, it bears remembering that Adriano voiced his concern at a lack of playing time in a magazine interview last week.

His compatriot Julio Baptista is also on the margins of the team together with Alexandre Doni, suggesting that discontent isn't lacking at Trigoria.