Totti gutted to miss out
Francesco Totti has expressed his regret at missing out on Roma's Champions League clash with Man Utd.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 31/03/08 4:04pm
Roma captain Francesco Totti has expressed his regret at missing out on his side's UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United.
Totti sustained a thigh injury in Roma's 1-1 draw with Cagliari, with scans confirming on Sunday he would miss their crucial quarter-final first-leg clash with The Red Devils.
The former Italy international is backing his team-mates to do a job on in-form United in the first leg and he hopes to be fit for the return leg at Old Trafford.
"I would never have wanted to miss a match like this," he told Corriere dello Sport. "I'm sure my team-mates will be able to beat Manchester.
"It will be a difficult match, but it will have a length of 180 minutes and I believe I'll be present at Old Trafford. My hope comes from speaking with the coaches and medical staff.
"I'll rest for a couple of days and once the pain ends I could have a training programme that will allow me to try and be available for the second leg."
Quiet second leg
Meanwhile, Roma defender Philippe Mexes believes the team's hopes rest on their ability to keep Cristiano Ronald and co quiet at Old Trafford.
"We have grown compared to a year ago," he told the Corriere dello Sport.
"Even with the two matches we played against them this year, we played on a par with them. They understood that the 7-1 a year ago was a freak result.
"Much will depend on the outcome at the Stadio Olimpico. Last year we won the first game at home and if we had not conceded an away goal, things would have been different.
"It is important that we don't concede this time, as well as winning. Manchester United are always a great team, but they haven't changed much from last year."