I want nothing but support for this entire club!
Let's not let the Totti injury kill our dreams. He will be back, possibly sooner than we know, and we must support him by winning whatever matches we can by producing maximum effort. We are a quality side, with quality players all over the pitch. We can defeat Lazio.
<<“I hope that the fans play even more of a part because the side needs their support now,” continued Spalletti. “I am convinced that we will show our worth and play well even without a key player like Francesco.”>>
This is true. What do we have left, ten, eleven games? Mancini's form and goals will be absolutely essential, but his goals alone won't be enough to fill in the void left by Totti's absence. We could put Mancini up front, but then we lose a lot of creativity, and the absolute havoc his runs down the wings have been causing. I know he's out of practice, i know he's in pain, but now, more than ever, we desperately need Montella to step up to the plate. The stage is set for him to be our hero yet again.
Mancini has to be given the space to run at defenders, which is his bread and butter. He can't do that as an attacker, he'd not get the space to move and certainly wouldn't be allowed to have the ball at his feet for very long.
I am loving Mancini on the left, so that he can break in and finish or play one-two's. In any case, like il principe said: I trust Spalletti, whatever his idea is. And finally: my point in this thread is this: Montella is going to struggle, quite possibly. But no polemics, no bashing him, no criticism from me at all. The man is injured, and if I have understood his condition properly, he stands a good risk to suffer from injury long after his career is over. He's really not ready to do it, but if called upon, you all know he'll put his heart out there for this team to win.