Sunday March 13 2011
Montella: 'Feelings different as a boss'

Vincenzo Montella explains why he did not celebrate during the derby victory and how his emotions are “different” as a Coach.

The former striker remains the only man to have scored four goals in a single derby game, but remained stony-faced when Francesco Totti's brace beat Lazio 2-0 today.

“My memories of those four goals aren't as fresh as they were. This was a difficult victory and a deserved one that we fought hard for.

“The feelings are different to the derby when I scored, but they are still wonderful. Why didn't I celebrate? I like to keep my emotions to myself.

“Roma absolutely deserved the win. We knew there were risks on the flanks with our initial line-up, but we really only conceded efforts from distance or corners.

“There was more quality from the side in the first half, but greater strength and determination after the break. Lazio played well, Roma were a bit better.”

Totti was dropped against Shakhtar Donetsk midweek, but came back to the starting XI with a brace.

“He is a great player and when he is fit you can really tell. He plays when I consider it opportune and we will hold on tight to our captain,” continued Montella.

“David Pizarro is a special player and I realise a three-man midfield is difficult. With Claudio Ranieri he had Pizarro injured and Rodrigo Taddei wasn't covering, so the previous choices were understandable.

“When I took over the lads were lacking in confidence, but they have rediscovered it now.”