Roma players in and out (including loans)
Curci (gk, Sampdoria), Stekelenburg (gk Ajax), Angel (d, Sporting Gijon), Heinze (d, Marseille), Kjaer (d, Wolfsburg), Malomo (d, Prato), Nego (d, Nantes), Citro (m, Cavese), Gago (m, Real Madrid), Guberti (m, Sampdoria), Massimo (m, Aversa), Mendy (m, Parma), Pjanic (m, Lyon), Borini (a, Parma), Koffi (a, Napoli), Krkic (a, Barcelona), Lamela (a, River Plate), Osvaldo (a, Espanyol)
Doni (gk, Liverpool), Sergio (gk, Lecce), Mexes (d, Milan), Riise (d, Fulham), Brighi (m, Atalanta), Menez (m, Paris Saint-Germain), Pettinari (a, Crotone), Scardina (a, Viareggio), Vucinic (a, Juventus)
Mexes, Menez and Vucinic are losses but there's so much quality coming in. Borini. Talent.
Interesting developments as Sabatini, Roma's director of Sport, has criticised Totti calling him vain. Totti had previously reacted badly to being substituted against Bratislava in the Europa league qualifier, storming out the stadium. Previously Totti has held enough power to get away with strops and force the manager to pick him. This time the owner, Benedetto, and the director, Baldini (England general manager), have come out to criticise Totti and defend the coach, Enrique.
So Sabatini held a press conference saying:
There are no untouchable players in modern-day football. Francesco has to deal with being left out in a different way. He has to look after himself so that we can get the most out of him, swallow his pride and remember that he's always a great help to the team.
However, Totti has to resolve the issue by taking a step towards the Coach and helping Luis Enrique to do his job. I know that not playing is a huge sacrifice for him, but the captain must not allow people to act as if he was betrayed by being left on the bench.
Maybe Totti would be more useful to Roma playing 20 games per season rather than 30. He ought to keep his smile when he’s on the bench, partly to help the newcomers avoid this embarrassment. Luis Enrique must be allowed to make his decisions without going on trial.
I will not passively sit by and watch everything go to ruin. I won’t listen to the band play as the Titanic sinks, because I tell you this is going to be a big problem for Roma. I want Totti to come out and speak to the media about this, as his silence is making things worse.
He doesn’t have to get accustomed to being dropped, but merely experience it in a different way. He has to put to one side any form of vanity, knowing he’d be really helping the squad.
This is like Terry and Lampard combined being criticised. Big deal.