Spalletti hails Totti contribution

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Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti has acknowledged Francesco Totti deserved to play more against Napoli, but praised the vital contribution the striker made in his cameo.

With the score deadlocked at 0-0 and a win looking more likely for visiting Partenopei, Spalletti turned to Giallorossi legend Totti with less than 10 minutes left, a move he admits could have made earlier.

Totti's vision resulted in two chances for the hosts in quick succession. Both times the 39-year-old managed to find a team-mate rushing into the opposition area with beautifully measured lofted passes, the second of which ultimately resulted in Radja Nainggolan's winner.

"Yesterday he deserved to play more," Spalletti told Roma Radio. "But then there were some situations which happened… When he did come on he did very well, he lifted others with his qualities.

"There were two or three counter-attacks which started with him on the ball, the tempo wasn't very high so that made it easier for him.

"That was the game though, and he gave his contribution just as it should be. The one that [Mohamed] Salah gave [to Nainggolan] began from another important pass by Totti."

Totti came off the bench in the 84th minute to score his 302nd and 303rd goals for the Eternal City outfit to secure an unlikely 3-2 win over visiting Torino last week.

The former Italy international is now the second-most prolific goalscorer in Serie A and is only two games away from making his 600th appearance for the club – the third highest in Italian top-flight history.