“The game overall was very fair. The reds were excessive, as a yellow card was enough for Totti and Olivera,” said Ranieri.
“Olivera did the foul, tripping Totti up, and then they were discussing it. I think a booking each made more sense.”
This red card means Totti will be suspended for the Rome derby and, due to his furious reaction as he was dragged away trying to attack Olivera in the tunnel, it could be a lot more than a one-match ban.
“I still haven’t seen Francesco, as he was in the anti-doping room, but he was very stressed as he wanted to bring home this victory,” continued Ranieri.
“He put in a great performance, as did the others. We could’ve scored so many more goals and so could Lecce, for that matter.”
Nicolas Burdisso and Mirko Vucinic eventually secured the result in the second half.
“Vucinic put in a fantastic performance. If he always played like that, we’d be home free.
“Now we have to see how to get the best out of him and how his teammates can best set him up, but right now we must find some consistency.”