Mehdi Benatia: Proud to return to the Olimpico

Former Roma defender Mehdi Benatia spoke briefly to German outlet Kicker:

“I’m incredibly proud to return to the Olimpico as a Bayern player. It will be a highlight of my career, although, I expect a very fiery atmosphere. The Roma fans will welcome me with whistles, but this does not bother me: I always gave my best for the team. For me, it will be a special game. I’ve always played with a lot of joy in this stadium because the fans are always amazing. We have a lot of potential and we’re going to Rome to win. We will face many champions, but it is clear that Totti is the number one danger. Although he’s already 38, his experience, his technical skills and his game can make the difference.”

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.