Moggi: Tevez is not a champion

The ex-Bianconeri official is full of praise for the forward’s industry and selflessness but he does not feel that the 29-year-old is a natural goalscorer

Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi says Carlos Tevez is a “good player”, but feels the Argentine is not capable of deciding games on his own.

The Bianconeri signed the forward from Manchester City this summer and the No.10 has enjoyed a positive start to his career in Turin, having already racked up two goals in three Serie A appearances.

However, Tevez failed to net in the midweek Champions League draw with Copenhagen, a game that Moggi feels proved that the ex-West Ham man is not the natural goalscorer that Juve have been craving for so many years.

“This is a moment in which they are not running as they should,” the Monticiano native wrote in Libero. “They do not sting, do not hurt the opponent.

“But if the attack does not score or makes mistakes, the blame should not be put on Tevez, who is a support striker.

“He wears himself out for his team-mates in attack, looking for space for himself and others.

“And if he does not shoot on goal or makes a mistake in front of the opposition goalkeeper, it is down to the fact that he does not have those particular characteristics of a striker.

“He is a good player, but is certainly not one of those champions who can win games on his own.”

Tevez, who has not been capped by Argentina since 2011, joined Juventus for an initial fee of €9 million.

Totti hits out at Juventus over Del Piero treatment

The Giallorossi attacker, who is poised to end his career with the club, is still disappointed that his fellow Italian football legend was discarded by the Bianconeri

Francesco Totti took a swipe at Juventus over their treatment of Alessandro Del Piero after penning a new contract with Roma.

On Friday, the 36-year-old attacker committed himself to the Giallorossi for a further two seasons, meaning he is almost certain to retire at the club with whom he has become synonymous.

Totti admitted, though, that he remains disappointed that Del Piero, who moved to Sydney FC last summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by Juventus, was unable to do likewise in Turin.

“It was a personal choice to go play in Australia, but he was a symbol of Juventus,” the World Cup winner told reporters.

“He was not treated like I have been treated with Roma and I’m so sorry about that.

“But, as far as I’m concerned, I am overjoyed that I have remained in a single shirt.”

Totti also revealed that he is disappointed that Inter president Massimo Moratti is on the verge of selling the club to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.

“I’m sorry that Inter is passing into the hands of another person, but in football there are dark times, especially now,” the forward mused. “Therefore, they [Inter] have sought to turn the page.

“However, in Italian football Moratti will always remain a real person, loyal and respected by all, even by non-Interisti.”

Totti, who made 58 appearances for Italy, has been at Roma since 1992 and is the club’s record goalscorer and most capped player.

Albiol reveals dressing room unrest under Mourinho

The Spain international has admitted that he was just one of a number of disillusioned players at the Santiago Bernabeu last term

Raul Albiol has revealed that there were several “confrontations” during Jose Mourinho’s acrimonious final season in charge of Real Madrid.

The Spain international left los Blancos for Napoli during the summer after failing to nail down a regular starting berth under the Portuguese coach.

However, Albiol has explained that he was not the only disillusioned player within the Madrid dressing room last season.

“It was hard to keep the peace,” the defender told Tiki Taka. “We weren’t achieving our objectives and we knew Mourinho wasn’t going to stay.

“Some of us had confrontations and the best thing was for the season to end, for another one to begin and everyone could make their own decision.

“I had to make a decision and I wanted a change, because I wasn’t enjoying myself on the pitch; I wasn’t playing enough.”

Last season Madrid were beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the Champions League, while they finished second in la Liga, 15 points behind champions Barcelona.

Roma confirm new Totti deal

The Giallorossi legend has penned a new deal that should see him end his career with his hometown club, while revealing he is open to a return to the international fold with Italy

Roma have confirmed that Francesco Totti has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain at Stadio Olimpico until 2016.

The 36-year-old’s current deal had been due to expire at the end of the current season but after lengthy discussions with the capital club the Giallorossi legend revealed his delight at extending his stay with his hometown club on Friday.

“I have another two years of responsibilities and I’m sure we’ll achieve some great things together,” Totti told reporters at a press conference.

“I’d like to thank the president for this new contract. Everyone wanted it to happen, me and the club.”

Totti retired from international duty after winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006 but his form last season – which saw him score 12 goals in 36 Serie A appearances – prompted speculation he could return to the Azzurri fold.

And though he insists his primary focus remains improving on last season’s sixth place finish with Roma, the Italian admits he would consider a recall if Cesare Prandelli comes calling.

He added: “Going to the World Cup? My jersey is the Roma jersey but obviously I remain open to the possibility. We’ll see.”

Club president James Pallotta was sat beside Totti at the announcement of his new deal and said his committment to the club was a sign of progress.

“I’m honoured that Francesco Totti is staying here and I’d like to toast to a great future for Roma and Francesco,” said Pallotta.

“There’s never been any doubt in our minds that Totti would stay. He’s Roma’s leader and he’ll be here forever.

“I’m pleased with what we’ve achieved in the last few months. We’re a work in progress and we’re forging ahead.”

Totti made his Roma debut back in 1992 and has gone on to win Serie A, the Supercoppa Italiana twice and the Coppa Italia three times in his 21 years with the club.

BREAKING NEWS: Roma confirm new Totti deal

The Giallorossi legend has been in talks with the capital club over a new deal for some time and has now penned a contract that is likely to see him end his career in Rome

Roma have confirmed that club icon Francesco Totti has signed a two-year contract extension at Stadio Olimpico.

The 36-year-old’s current deal had been due to expire at the end of the current season but after lengthy discussions with the capital club, the forward revealed his delight at extending his stay with his hometown club on Friday.

“I have another two years of responsibilities and I’m sure we’ll achieve some great things together,” Totti told reporters at a press conference.

“I’d like to thank the president for this new contract. Everyone wanted it to happen, me and the club.”