Baldini hails Di Natale
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The highly-rated forward has plundered nine goals in 17 Serie A appearances this term and notched again in the 3-1 defeat at Roma.
With Empoli on the cusp of the relegation zone, Baldini concedes his team would be deeper in the mire but for Di Natale's contribution.
"Di Natale is a very important player for us because he still makes the difference," stated Baldini.
"Without him, we still have problems."
Roma chief Fabio Capello was satisfied with his team's showing in Stadio Olimpico as they came from behind to claim the spoils.
Capello praised the strike partnership of Francesco Totti and Vincenzo Montella, with the duo grabbing all of Roma's goals in the victory.
He said: "I can say the pitch gave us big problems as it did for Empoli too.
"The positive thing is that we showed a good performance after the Valencia one.
"Totti is a player with a big flair for goals and the fact he played as a forward is better. It was also a good performance by Montella."