Roma’s Francesco Totti primed for Euro adventure

Francesco Totti AS Roma

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Francesco Totti is delighted to have another chance to compete in the Champions League with Roma and he insists they can make an impact on the competition this season.

Totti’s last appearance in Europe’s top competition with the Giallorossi came in 2011, when they were beaten 3-0 by Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donestk.

Roma host CSKA Moscow on Wednesday and Totti is convinced he can still compete amongst Europe’s elite.

Totti, who will turn 38 later this month, told reporters: “I still hope to give a lot to this club and I will be the first to step aside if I feel I no longer have the strength, but this return to the Champions League is gratifying for me as it is for the whole squad.

“These are the kinds of games Roma should be playing every single year.”

Roma have been drawn in Group E alongside Bayern Munich and Manchester City but Totti is convinced they can reach the knock-out stages of the competition.

“We want to go as far as possible,” he added. “We’ve got a difficult group, but I like it. We’re going to play open games against everybody, hoping to cause them all problems.

“I hope we can go further than [Luciano] Spalletti’s Roma [who reached the quarter-finals in 2007 and 2008].”

Roma are 1.57 to beat CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, the Russian outfit can be backed at 6.09 and a draw is 4.02.

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