Totti: ‘Roma not easy opponents’

Francesco Totti warned “it won’t be easy” for Chelsea, Atletico Madrid or Qarabag to face Roma in the Champions League either.

The Giallorossi had a very tough draw with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Qarabag.

“We know that you have to face the strongest teams in Europe. It won’t be easy for any of them to take on Roma either,” the recently-retired icon told Mediaset Premium.

“Diego Simeone and Antonio Conte are two top international Coaches, but we’ll try to cause them as many problems as possible.”

Totti is not part of the squad for the first time in 25 years, but remains close to Roma as a new director.

“I enter on tip-toes, as this is a new role, a new profession and I am trying to learn. At the same time, I know the locker room and how it works, the various habits and approaches. I am at the disposal of the Coach and all the players.

“If anyone needs to ask me something, I will give my contribution. I know the environment at Roma.”

Totti was handed the UEFA President’s Award today, marking his extraordinary career, and also helped perform the Champions League draw.

“It’s the first time I have taken part in this event. There’s more pressure being here compared to watching it at home. It was pressure to swirl those little balls around,” he then told Sky Sport Italia.


De Rossi: ‘Exciting and interesting group’

Daniele De Rossi said the Champions League draw gives Roma “both disappointment and enthusiasm” against Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

The Giallorossi are in a very tough group, which is rounded out by Qarabag.

“We are never particularly happy after these draws,” confessed the captain on Roma TV.

“On the one hand there is disappointment, but on the other the enthusiasm to start by facing world class teams.

“There’s the right motivation and our fans will enjoy some wonderful evenings. We must prepare, it’ll be a difficult group, but exciting and interesting too.”


Roma’s Champions League schedule

Roma begin their Champions League campaign at home to Atletico Madrid, visit Chelsea on October 18 and end with Qarabag.

The Giallorossi got a very tough draw in Group C up against Antonio Conte’s Premier League holders, Diego Simeone’s Atleti and Azerbaijani debutants Qarabag.

September 12

Roma-Atletico Madrid


September 27


Atletico Madrid-Chelsea

October 18


Qarabag-Atletico Madrid

October 31


Atletico Madrid-Qarabag

November 22

Atletico Madrid-Roma


December 5


Chelsea-Atletico Madrid


Roma fight Inter for Schick

Roma are trying to convince Patrik Schick to accept a move, while Inter ask the Sampdoria striker to stall until funds can be cleared.

Sky Sport Italia claim the duel for Czech Republic international hitman Schick is hotting up and now genuinely between just two clubs.

It’s reported this evening that Samp have agreed terms with Roma for a loan worth €5m and option to buy taking the whole figure to around €38m.

However, the player continues to prefer Inter, so the Giallorossi are bringing out the big guns to talk him into a Capital switch.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco and Roma icon Francesco Totti both spoke to Schick on the phone.

At the same time, Inter directors were having dinner with Schick’s representatives and urging them to stall any transfer.

They hope to raise the necessary funds by selling someone before the transfer deadline, most likely Marcelo Brozovic or Cristian Ansaldi.

Meanwhile, Samp are finally ready to sell, having chosen Duvan Zapata from Napoli as Schick’s replacement.


Champions League draw: The Pots

Juventus are seeded for the Champions League draw tomorrow evening, with Roma and Napoli in Pot 3.

The draw for the group phase will be held in Monaco on Thursday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

The Partenopei secured their qualification last night with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Nice.

It’s only the second time since 2010 that an Italian side has come through the Champions League play-off unscathed.

Juve won the Scudetto and reached the Final twice in the last three years, so are seeded in the draw.

Napoli would’ve been in Pot 2 had Sevilla failed to qualify, but the Spaniards squeezed through past Basaksehir.

Instead, both the Partenopei and Roma will be third seeds in a fascinating Pot 3 with Liverpool (who crushed Hoffenheim 4-2 tonight), Tottenham Hotspur, Anderlecht, Besiktas and FC Basel.

The big shock was Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag, who despite a 2-1 defeat away to Kobenhavn, still went through to the group phase for the first time in their history on away goals.

Seydou Doumbia, on loan from Roma, was on target as Sporting dominated 5-1 away to Romanians FCSB Steaua Bucharest.

CSKA Moscow knocked out Swiss side Young Boys and APOEL went through past Slavia Prague.

Champions League draw

Pot 1

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 2

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United

Pot 3

Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Roma, Besiktas, Liverpool

Pot 4

Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Qarabag, Sporting CP, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, RB Leipzig