Spalletti said: “Francesco Totti is important. When we’re struggling, he helps drag the team back into contention. He holds the team together, he keeps his teammates united. When others are struggling, he finds something extra and uses his quality to lift them.
“He had an outstanding game. Not just for the goals, but the way he played when we were not on top. Even when we were struggling to get the ball on the deck, he was still competing. His first goal was crucial. It turned the tide.”