Untouchable Totti will extend Roma stay

May 25th, 2016

The Italian giants’ director insists the club legend will further his career with La Maggica and warned Mohamed Salah that he’s far off achieving the same level of cult status.

An announcement on Francesco Totti’s Roma future seems imminent after general director Mauro Baldissoni said the club icon would continue to be a part of their plans “for a long time”. This means that in the future when we check Soccer Scores for AS Roma, we can still expect Totti on the scoreboard.

Speaking ahead of a friendly against Al Ahly, Baldissoni dropped the biggest hint yet that 39-year-old Totti would remain in the Italian capital.

“Francesco is untouchable. He’s a legend and when you’re a legend, you go down in folklore, where the divide between reality and imagination is lost,” Baldissoni told Roma TV.

“Totti goes beyond all that, he’s a universally recognised symbol not just of Roma but of football as a whole.”

Baldissoni also discussed Mohamed Salah’s standing among Arab and Egyptian football fans compared to Totti’s status with Roma supporters.

“Let’s say that Salah has a long way to go before he reaches that level but it’s fantastic to have them together in the same place and see the reaction of the fans,” he added.

“In a way they represent the past and future of Roma, though I’ll take this opportunity to say that the past is not yet the past and never will be, given that Francesco will continue playing for Roma and, as you know, will continue to be a part of Roma and of our family for a long time to come in the future.”

Totti made his Roma debut at the age of 16 and has gone on to score almost 300 goals in over 700 appearances for the club. Edin Dzeko spoke only the best things about their captain and there is no doubt Totti is a great assistant which will improve the scoring chances for Dzeko as well.

RUMOURS: Besiktas eye Roma striker Dzeko

May 5th, 2016

The Turkish club have lined up the former Manchester City striker as a potential signing this summer, as they look for potential replacements for current forward Mario Gomez

Besiktas are lining up a potential summer bid for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Fanatik.

The former Manchester City striker has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season and the Turkish club have identified the 30-year-old as a potential replacement for Mario Gomez, should the Germany international leave the club.

Besiktas have a number of other names on their shortlist as they attempt to recruit a forward, with Mario Mandzukic, Samuel Eto’o and Hugo Rodallega also potential acquisitions.


Spalletti: Totti comparisons are affecting Dzeko

April 17th, 2016

The former Manchester City man drew a blank once again in a disappointing draw at the weekend, and his coach believes he is wilting under the pressure from fans

Luciano Spalletti has called on Roma fans to stop comparing Edin Dzeko with Francesco Totti as it is affecting the Bosnian’s confidence.

Dzeko failed to find the back of the net again on Sunday as Roma drew 3-3 at Atalanta, the former Manchester City striker guilty of missing a host of chances – including an open goal.

And his profligacy in front of goal was highlighted further as Totti came off the bench to rescue a point, Roma’s captain firing home with five minutes to play in Bergamo.

However, head coach Spalletti hopes another frustrating day for Dzeko does not lead to further calls for Totti to start in his place in the final five league games.

“You always compare Dzeko to Totti and he gets torn apart, but that’s not fair,” Spalletti told Mediaset Premium

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“Totti is a champion, so is Dzeko, but he’s being demotivated and affected by this criticism. 

“Clearly from the height of his experience and status he ought to do something more.

“[But] Totti’s goal doesn’t change anything for me. If he wants to be a player, he’ll be a player. 

“If he shoots it’s a goal, but that’s not all that counts in modern football, there is also pace, stamina and effort.

“The team won nine games without Totti, which means Dzeko is valid too.”

RUMOURS: West Ham line up £20m Dzeko bid

March 21st, 2016

The Hammers are chasing qualification for the Champions League and Slaven Bilic is keen to land a marquee striker, with the former Manchester City forward on his shortlist

West Ham are eyeing a £20 million bid for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to the Brentwood Gazette.

The Hammers are keen to sign a marquee payer prior to their move to the Olympic Stadium this summer and have subsequently identified the former Manchester City forward as a potential acquisition.

Dzeko completed a permanent move to the Italian club in October, having previously joined the club on loan, and has scored nine goals in all competitions thus far this season.


Spalletti: I will keep faith in 'top striker' Dzeko

March 20th, 2016

The struggling Roma marksman has the backing of his coach after setting up his side’s equaliser in their crucial 1-1 draw with Inter to maintain their push for a top-three finish

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti insists he is keeping faith in Edin Dzeko after the striker came off the bench to make an important impact against Inter.

Dzeko was introduced just before the hour-mark against Inter, setting up Radja Nainggolan’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international scuffed a shot into the Belgium international’s path for the leveller six minutes from full time.

Dzeko, who has scored seven Serie A goals so far this term, has been criticised for his poor form in recent weeks but although Spalletti believes the striker can do more, he has reiterated the Manchester City loanee is an important member of his squad.

“When we push forward and go on the attack anything can happen. Dzeko needs to find a way to put all his weight and all his determination into certain situations,” he said.

“It’s strange what happens to him sometimes but he really does have everything a top striker needs.

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“We’ll keep faith in him because he’s a useful player for us to have around.”

Roma had fallen behind to an Ivan Perisic goal early in the second half, but Nainggolan popped up as they maintained their five-point lead over Inter.

Spalletti was unhappy with the way his team gave up possession, yet felt they could have got more out of the encounter.

“We can say it was a fair result, although after we levelled the scores we perhaps deserved a bit more given how we played,” he added.

“Having said that, we gave the ball away too easily tonight. Our possession play wasn’t as good as it has been at other times. We handed the ball to our opponents at least 10 times.

“We found ourselves scrambling left and right to win it back and if that happens too often it starts sapping away at your energy.”

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