Francesco Totti: One day I will manage Roma…

Roma captain Francesco Totti gave an extensive interview in today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, here are the captain’s words.

In the last game you were angry with Garcia for being replaced…
It was an instinctive episode. I was out the next match through suspension, Torino wasn’t playing anymore, I could smell goals so there was a little bit of bitterness. These things happen, however, they end there. In the dressing room, we cleared it up immediately.

It looks like you want to score more now than when you first start playing…
I don’t think so, I’ve always liked it (scoring goals), but first I think about (making) the most assists.

Would you exchange your Golden Boot for another Scudetto?

What about exchanging your World Cup for the Champions League?
I’d have to think about it but it’s possible.

Is Balotelli just like all the other players? Do you have advice for him?
Every coach has his own ideas and judges what happens on and off the pitch. Advice? No, it’s pointless. Everybody gave him some advice, but he doesn’t listen to anybody.

Talking to you, it seems that the bitterness towards Juventus is in the past: you don’t play for second place anymore but for the Scudetto…
Yes, we are out in the open: our goal is to win. The team is still stronger than last year’s and Garcia, the leader, says we are better of Juventus. But it’s up to us to prove it.

What about Napoli?
They’re a force for third: it will be a battle between Roma and Juventus.

Have you felt the urge to respond to the taunts of Nedved and Agnelli’s wife?
Yes, but I’m a gentleman. And I respect women.

Who is the best player in Serie A?

Your dream is to become the coach of Roma one day…
I would like to, of course.

Is it easier to go through to the Champions League knockout stage or win the Scudetto?
Pass the round of the Champions League.

After Garcia, who will manage Roma?

Is it more scary or do you just smile knowing Lotito is now a powerful man in Italian football?
I smile more, but I don’t think about him. I think of winning the Derby.

On Saturday you will have to root for your cousins (Lazio) who play against Juventus…
It’s hard, I don’t know if I can. Let’s just say we’ll see how it goes.

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.