Monday January 10 2011
Di Carlo pours fuel on Totti fire

Sampdoria boss Mimmo Di Carlo has poured more fuel on Francesco Totti's rift with Claudio Ranieri by telling reporters that Roma's captain should have started.

Ranieri has drawn criticism for leaving Totti on the bench until the game entered stoppage time with Roma 2-1 down and needing a result.

Before he went on, Totti was overheard on the sideline saying: "Hey, does the game start now?"

Asked for his opinion of the incident, Di Carlo said: "It would have been a different game with Totti and Daniele De Rossi on the pitch from the start even if Roma still had a lot of quality above all in attack.

"I understand that for this reason Francesco felt unhappy, but if we always had to look at it this way no one would ever come on or go off."

Di Carlo then reflected on how Sampdoria are doing without Antonio Cassano.

"They were strange months for us. We were thinking more about the speculation surrounding the club than what happened on the pitch itself.

"Samp are now looking forward."