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Feb, 15, 2013

Totti vows Roma will turn form around

AS Roma club captain Francesco Totti says the players must stick together to pull out of the recent run of poor form.

Roma have failed to win any of their last six games in Serie A, picking up only two points, and have fallen to ninth in the table. It means the Coppa Italia looks like the only hope of avoiding a third successive season without European football. In 2011-12 they failed to make it into the Europa League after losing to Slovan Bratislava in the play-offs.

"During moments of difficulty, a captain needs to make his voice heard," he wrote on his personal website. "I have had this role for many years and try to do it with responsibility, belonging, passion and clarity. Blaming individuals is not good for anybody.

"We who are part of Roma are fully in sync. We want to give our all for this jersey and will prove it all together."

The 36-year-old also took time to defend Pablo Osvaldo, who has been targeted by the club's Ultras in recent days following his penalty miss in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Sampdoria when they were a goal down.

"My team-mates and I form a united group and Daniel is one of us," he added. "This must not be forgotten and I hope he will soon return to celebrating with joy after scoring a goal. This is what we should all hope, to celebrate victories together.

"People often forget that we are all Roma and must try together to protect and defend her for what she represents. For me, it is simply life itself. Now more than ever I say always and only Forza Roma. Hands off my, our and your Roma!"

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