Blog: With choices in attack increasing, Totti still reigns supreme


Okay. I messed up. I’ll admit it.

After calling for Roma to buy a new striker for months and months because I thought Totti was absolutely finished as a footballer, I now appear to be eating my words.

Whether or not you consider this a good thing that Roma are over-reliant on a 38 year old is a completely separate argument (it could be argued either way, because let’s face it: at some point Roma will have to address the elephant in the room when it comes to weaning a new player into the lineup as Totti’s “replacement”). I’ve been arguably his biggest critic over the last few years simply because I thought he was hindering Roma by continuing on. I wanted to trade-in my used ’87 Firebird for a brand new¬†Charger.

WHAT. A. MISTAKE.

Last night in Rotterdam, however, showed why that those of us who have been calling and pleading for Rudi Garcia to start the likes of Seydou Doumbia and ex-striker Mattia Destro (I’ll raise my hand and admit my guilt on this) have been too quick to write-off one of, if not the greatest, Italian players ever.

In a must-win match to keep their European ambitions alive, Totti put on a showcase of his still-as-good-as-ever immaculate touch and passing ability against the Dutch. When Feyenoord attempted to press Roma into mistakes, Totti didn’t seem the slightest bit fazed – he was able to move the ball flawlessly and relieve the pressure. It’s little things like that which seemingly go unnoticed match after match – perhaps we as fans even take it for granted.
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