Roma captain Francesco Totti has fired a broadside at Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano ahead of Sunday's clash.

The pair were friends at Roma before a bitter row eventually saw Cassano leave for Real Madrid.

"Am I afraid of playing against Cassano? If anything, he's scared to face me, I'd expect," said Totti when asked about this showdown.

"I expected us to mount a comeback in Serie A, it had to happen.

"At this moment we are very calm and confident."