Roma coach Ranieri dismisses Totti row

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Roma coach Claudio Ranieri insists he has not fallen out with Francesco Totti as some reports have suggested.

The 34-year-old club captain remains an integral part of Ranieri’s plans even though he criticised his coach’s defensive tactics earlier in the month.

However, former Chelsea and Valencia coach Ranieri said: "I think that Totti is an integral and strong player for us.

"If I take him off it's because I think he can't finish the game. I thought that the other evening, but I have full confidence in Totti as I do in the other players.

“When a coach has everyone available to him, he doesn't have difficulties. He can maybe make a mistake by putting in one player instead of another, but difficulties don't exist. It's the team that must understand this situation.

“Adriano and Totti are intelligent lads and everything has gone how it should go."