Totti: The saddest night
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Francesco Totti says Roma's 7-1 thumping by Man Utd was the 'saddest' night of his career.
Francesco Totti admits Roma's 7-1 thumping by Manchester United was the 'saddest' night of his career.
Holding a 2-1 advantage from the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final, Roma capitulated in Tuesday's return at Old Trafford.
Michael Carrick, Alan Smith and Wayne Rooney all scored inside the opening 20 minutes for United, while Daniele De Rossi's goal was the only positive to emerge from a miserable night for the Italians.
Totti was left shell-shocked by the defeat and concedes Roma had no response to United's triple blast in the early stages.
"It is the saddest night of my sporting career," Totti told Rai tv.
"I had never conceded seven goals in a Champions League match before. Each shot they took, they found the target.
"We have conceded three goals in nine minutes. We tried to react, but in those conditions it was really difficult."
The Roma captain also praised Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice and was a constant threat with his pace and trickery on the ball.
Totti added: "Before the game I said that Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player.
"I hoped that we could have limited his play like we did in the opening game, but he has found every punch."
Though he is still taking in Roma's European exit, Totti is hoping the Giallorossi can meet United in the Champions League again.
"I would love to have another opportunity in the future to play another game like this one," said Totti.
"But with a different result. I would really want to give something back to our fans."