Totti has no fear
By Nadia Carminati and Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Francesco Totti says Roma have no fear about Tuesday's Champions League tie.
Francesco Totti has told Manchester United that Roma have no fear going into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final and that he sees the game as more important than last summer's World Cup final.
Totti was part of the Italy side that claimed the World Cup last summer but, as a lifelong Roma fan, he claims he feels more about Tuesday night's game with Sir Alex Ferguson's side than international glory.
And, after claiming a 2-1 victory at the Stadio Olimpico, Roma are confident they can pull off another upset as they did against Lyon in the previous round.
"As a Roma supporter, I feel more about this match than the World Cup final in Berlin," he told the Italian press.
"We will be playing in an emotional stadium, but we have no fear. If we adopt the mentality we had in Lyon, we will overcome Manchester United too and we will write another piece of history.
"We must play a great match."
Totti, in fact, is already looking ahead to the semi-final.
"Even if Milan and Bayern Munich are two very difficult sides to face, should we send off Ferguson's team, our aim is to reach the final."
However, Totti admits that his fitness troubles are still a cause for concern - "I am thinking more about the pain in my leg than the match" - and he is worried about the potential impact of Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Ronaldo can decide a match on his own.
"You see what he can do, not just against us last week, but regularly in the Premiership, and it seems he is capable of doing just about anything.
"He can make the difference in this game, but we just have to hope he doesn't play well."
In response to the threat of fan violence looming over the fixture, Totti asked the Roma supporters to concentrate on matters on the pitch.
"I want our fans to be happy and for them to enjoy the experience of being here.
"Being a football fan is about supporting your team and I would appeal to ours to just enjoy the performance we intend to put on for them."