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Totti reflects on 'saddest night of sporting career'

Roma captain Francesco Totti is struggling to come to terms with his team's humiliating defeat at Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The Eternal City giants were swept away by Sir Alex Ferguson's team in a 7-1 defeat, knocking them out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in resounding fashion.

'It is the saddest night of my sporting career,' admitted Totti.

'I had never conceded seven goals in a Champions League match before. Each shot they took, they found the target.'

Having taken a 2-1 lead in the opening leg in Rome, few could have expected that the Italians would be defeated in such a manner.

Totti blamed his team's poor start as the reason behind their shocking defeat, with Roma 3-0 down after 10 minutes.

'We have conceded three goals in nine minutes,' continued Totti. 'We tried to react but in those conditions it was really difficult.'

The result was also a hammer blow for the 5000 Giallorossi fans that travelled with the team to Manchester.

'I have to thank our travelling fans,' said Totti. 'They showed a lot of heart by coming here to support us.

'Unfortunately, we have come across a better team.'

Totti had hoped to dominate the game, but was overshadowed by Manchester's Cristiano Ronaldo, who stole the limelight.

Ronaldo scored two goals and was a menace all night as grabbed two goals and continued to torment Roma as he hunted his hat-trick.

'Before the game I said that Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player,' said Totti.

'I hoped that we could have limit his play like we did in the opening game, but he has found every punch.'

The Italy World Cup winner is hoping that in the near future he will have a chance to avenge this loss.

'I would love to have another opportunity in the future to play another game like this one,' he said.

'But with a different result. I would really want to give something back to our fans.'