Roma boss Montella explains tough Totti, Julio Sergio selection decisions

New AS Roma boss Vincenzo Montella started Francesco Totti on the bench for victory over Bologna. It was the 36 year-old's first game in charge at Roma.

New AS Roma boss Vincenzo Montella started Francesco Totti on the bench for victory over Bologna.

It was the 36 year-old's first game in charge at Roma.

He said: "How do I deal with Totti? I saw him in good shape recently and he will certainly be important for this squad. In my view, at this moment the team cannot support a trident attack.

“Benching him was a technical decision and Francesco was fine. I am sure he’ll drag the side along with him soon. I don’t say that because I am the Roma Coach, but Totti is training at a better level than when we were playing together. He can set an example for everyone and I am counting on him.”

Montella certainly did not pull his punches when explaining the decision to drop Julio Sergio for Alexandre Doni.

“As for the goalkeeper, I always try to be transparent. If Doni played, it is because I consider him to be better, even if it’s nasty to say that.

“Julio Sergio had an extraordinary campaign, but overall I prefer Doni. I forced David Pizarro to play, even if he is not 100 per cent yet, as I need him. He was exceptional and stayed on the field to the end.”

 
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