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We open the 2008/09 Serie A season at the Olimpico against a much improved Napoli team.

http://www.corrieredellosport.it/Notizie/Calcio/41525/Roma:+Totti+salta+gara+con+Napoli

Totti will miss this match due to an anke injury sustained in a collison with Maicon during the Supercoppa match this past Sunday. Our next match isn't until September 14th so I think this is a wise move.

I expect:

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--------------------Doni----------------

Cassetti------Mexes------Juan-------Riise

-----------De Rossi-------Aquilani--------

---Perrotta--------Pizarro-------Baptista--

-------------------Vucinic----------------


Cicinho should start in Taddei's place as the RW attacker, but Spalletti will surely bench him to teach him a lesson.
 

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Here's hoping Menez will be available for this one :D
It won't be official until tomorrow so Menez would only have 2-3 practices under Spalletti before Sunday. I am sure he'll be on the bench, but I don't see him starting yet.
 

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As per Gazzetta: 4-2-3-1


...................Doni....................
Cassetti...Mexes...Juan.......Riise
.........DeRossi....Pizarro...........
Cicinho......Aquilani......Vucinic
.................Baptista...............
 

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God I hope the gazzetta is correct, don´t want to see Baptista as a winger again with Vucinic up front.
 

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That would be a good team. Lets see... Cicinho as RM could be a good idea.
 

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Convocati:
Alvarez, Aquilani, Artur, Baptista, Bertagnoli, Brighi, Cassetti, Cicinho, De Rossi, Juan, Loria, (Doni) Marangon, Menez, Mexes, Okaka, Panucci, Pizarro, Riise, Tonetto, Vucinic.

Totti, Taddei, Perrotta, and Montella not available due to injury.

Esposito has been loaned out to Chievo.
 

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I expect:

.....................Doni...................
Panucci....Mexes....Juan.......Riise
..........De Rossi........Pizarro.........
...Cassetti.....Aquilani.....Baptista..
...................Vucinic..................

No way Spalletti will start Cicinho so soon.
 

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Strange that we let Esposito go, we only have 3 natural wingers, well now 2 because 1 has gone. He would be a good back-up after all, but he maybe wanted some first team action.
 

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I thought Esposito was important for the lack of wingers we have , what about Alvarez situation now , will he stay ??
 

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Looking good. This Roma is exciting. Great assist by DeRossi and goal by Aquilani. Doni and Cici also look good. Baptista and Vuci need to settle in. Vuci's chance from Aqui's beauty should have been a goal. But the team looks in decent shape for Aug. 31. Riise is pretty stable back there. :thumbsup:
 

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Baptista has been very poor IMO, most of his touches have been shocking.

De Rossi and Aquilani on the other hand have been outstanding.

Aquilani's pass to Vucinic was amazing...he should have finished that. Lovely assist by DDR too.
 

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Well it is Roma of last season it seems. Nice period during the game followed by totally shutting off and not caring with the coach doing nothing to fix it until a goal is conceded.

Napoli scored just after they lost a man. 1-1
 
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