Benatia expecting hostile Roma reception

Former Roma defender Mehdi Benatia admitted that he expects an unpleasant reception when he returns to Rome for the Champions League with his new club Bayern Munich:

“What do I expect in Rome? Nasty things aimed at me, but I’ll go to Rome with my head held high. I still have many friends there but I do not want to talk about this nor the words of Sabatini because Bayern doesn’t want me to. I view Roma as a fan and the only thing I think of now is my job here.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.