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Totti fears for World Cup

snakies2010-05-04 07:10:36 +0000 #1
Francesco Totti claims the constant fouls he’s subjected to could affect his World Cup performance, but admits he has stopped reacting to this treatment.

“I keep getting kicked and have to receive physiotherapy constantly,” noted the Roma captain who has a recurring ankle problem.

“I don’t have time to train because we play every three days. I am very worried about how this is going to affect the lead-up to the World Cup.”

The statistics do back him up, as the Italian international has earned 99 free kicks so far this season – only Mauro Esposito and Luca Toni have received more fouls.

However, despite this ‘special treatment’ from opponents, Totti admits it has helped him to get past one of the greatest limitations in his career.

Letting down the Azzurri for reacting to provocation in both the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, where he was banned for spitting at Denmark’s Christian Poulsen, he has learned his lesson.

“I don’t react any more because I’ve finally understood that it gets me nowhere,” confessed Totti. “I have grown up and feel more responsible for the team.”

There was a final sideswipe at the new adventure of his former friend and colleague Antonio Cassano.

“How is Cassano doing at Real Madrid? I wouldn’t know, I only follow Barcelona…”


Neo-Reloaded2010-05-04 07:19:06 +0000 #2
so he's a barcelona fanboy? or does he admire them? anyway, i hope he is in good shape for the WC, i want to see everyone doing their best
benfica642010-05-04 07:32:30 +0000 #3
the only fear any other player has of totti is that they dont get spit on like lama juice. cheers!
materazziIZbad2010-05-04 08:25:16 +0000 #4
so.....did totti side with the roma coach when cassano was fighting with the coach or what?

italy need to play a better brand of football from the start so they don't underachieve once again. the only threat on italy's side of the bracket is brazil though so we should make it to the semis.

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