Ranieri hails incredible Totti

Giallorossi boss praises talismanic captain

Totti: Influential as always

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Roma coach Claudio Ranieri has hailed his side's captain Francesco Totti, who was instrumental in the club's crucial 2-1 victory over Genoa at the weekend.

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"He always trains to the limit. He's missing a goal...but I'm very happy with him."

Claudio Ranieri.

Quotes of the week

Despite continuing his goal drought, Totti was pivotal to the success of his side as they recorded only their second league victory of the season.

Along with praising the skipper, Ranieri also again refuted rumours concerning the pair's apparently deteriorating relationship.

"He always trains to the limit. He's missing a goal... but I'm very happy with him," Ranieri said.

"I read that Totti was against me. You can't write anything more absurd.

"I have a loyal relationship with all the players, particularly with my captain, who has spent his life here and who has suffered a thousand wrongs for his team.

"As a Roman and a Romanista (Roma fan), I don't understand it."

Midweek test

The Giallorossi face Basel in the Champions League in midweek, and Ranieri is aware of the difficulty his side may face.

"They are a side that defend well, and are good on the counter-attack - they came close to getting a result against Bayern Munich," he said.

"We know their strong and weak points, but I'd prefer to go into those with my players, not here."