Monchi: Moreno going nowhere

Monchi assures “there’s no chance” of Hector Moreno leaving Roma in January and hopes Sevilla join the Giallorossi in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Moreno had been linked with a move to Real Betis after failing to establish himself in Roma’s first team, while Sevilla face Manchester United in the Champions League last 16.

“I hope that both Roma and Sevilla go through,” the sporting director – who spent three decades with the Spaniards – told El Desmarque.

“They have a lot to do because their opponents are difficult. Moreno to Betis? There’s no chance of Moreno leaving Roma in January.”


Totti: ‘Juventus for the CL’

Roma legend Francesco Totti hopes they can win the Scudetto – and that Juventus lift the Champions League.

The former Giallorossi captain attended tonight’s Gazzetta Awards to receive a special lifetime achievement award, and he spoke to the newspaper as he arrived.

“With Shakhtar [Donetsk] it’ll be a 50-50 Champions League Last 16 tie,” Er Pupone predicted.

“Roma for the Scudetto or Juve for the Champions League? The Scudetto won’t be easy for Roma, nor the Champions League for Juventus, but I hope both are possible.

“My heir? Right now I don’t see one, but one day he’ll arrive.”


Zanetti: Milan unexpected, Juve…

Javier Zanetti admits he did not expect Inter to be 16 points clear of Milan and claims Roma made the Nerazzurri ‘suffer’ more than Juventus.

Mllan spent over €200m over the summer yet find themselves trailing Inter by a considerable margin, while the Beneamata were held to a goalless draw by Juve last weekend.

“Did I expect Inter to be 11 points clear of Milan? Honestly no, but I expected the Coach to do a great job,” the Argentine told Tiki Taka.

“Spalletti has shown that he knows how to develop the lads. The team have great conviction and believe they can return to the Champions League.

“However, in the summer, seeing Milan’s shopping campaign, I didn’t expect it.

“The match against Juventus? They’re always a difficult team to face, just look at what they’ve done in the last six years.

“We had a good first half and they made it difficult for us in the second half. I think the draw was fair.

“Scudetto? It’s difficult to talk about the Scudetto, when there are four teams separated by four points.

“The best team we’ve faced so far? The one that made us suffer the most were Roma, but it was only our second game and we’ve grown a lot: the Giallorossi will take the title race down to the wire.”


Totti ‘amazed’ by EDF impact

Francesco Totti admits he has been ‘amazed’ by Eusebio Di Francesco’s impact at Roma this season.

Di Francesco will take Roma to within just two points of the Serie A summit if they win their game in hand, while the Coach has also guided the Giallorossi to the Champions League last 16.

“It’ll be important not to lose so we can stay near the top,” the iconic No 10 was quoted as saying by TuttoJuve.

“Scudetto? It’s best not to say that word in Rome, but we’re one of the candidates for the top four.

“Di Francesco? He brought harmony to the squad. I didn’t know him as a Coach, but he’s amazed me and he’ll get even better.”


Tare: ‘Lazio must believe in title’

Lazio director Igli Tare insists they must believe in Scudetto potential. “The table says we are up there and we have to believe all the way.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups.

A win this evening would put the Aquile in joint fourth place with Roma, and both Olimpico sides have a game in hand.

“The table says we are up there, and with a game in hand, so we have to believe all the way because this season Lazio have shown great quality. We’re missing a few points, but can get them back along the way,” Tare told Mediaset Premium.

“We were convinced that we had a great squad and they confirmed that, above all with the two victories over Juventus in Serie A and the Italian Super Cup.

“It’s also essential we play every game as if it was a cup final and take it one week at a time.”

Not only are stars like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Stefan de Vrij attracting interest from other clubs, but Coach Simone Inzaghi is also sought-after.

“Inzaghi has a contract with Lazio for another two years. Milinkovic-Savic renewed six months ago. At this moment, Lazio have clear ideas and we don’t want to be a surprise as such, but give consistency, because the history of this club teaches us we must be demanding.

“That means working based on ideas and finding lads who can represent the future of this club.”

Lazio will take on Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League Round of 32.

“I won’t disguise the fact I am happy with the draw, as we could’ve been paired with a more prestigious club than Steaua Bucharest.

“Having said that, we respect them and realise the away leg will be a cauldron in their stadium, but we want to go as far as possible in the Europa League.”