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Totti: For the first time I was nervous, but I couldn't miss in front of my people

Francesco Totti admitted he was scared of missing a penalty for the first time in his career on Sunday - but knew he "couldn't miss in front of my people".

The forward, 40 later this month, had the responsibility of taking the crucial penalty in the last minute of the game on Sunday - and he slotted home to secure a 3-2 win against Sampdoria.

The captain has now scored in 23 successive seasons.

“No, no – it takes eleven players to win a match," Totti told Sky Sports, when it was put to him he had won the game on his own. 

"When I came on I tried to give my all, the same way I’ve always done over the past 25 years. I managed to turn it around but the whole team deserves credit for that.”

What’s your secret?

“It’s all in the mind – that can help you in everything you do. My family gives me happiness and when you feel relaxed psychologically you can do anything.”

The team struggled in the first half, but turned it around after the break.

“We couldn’t get into the game at the start, but a match lasts for 90 minutes. We’ll try to work on that. The team wants to achieve big things.”

How are you enjoying the season so far?

“I feel relaxed. My mindset is just right – I’m happy, taking it day by day. Why stop when I feel like that? If my body holds up, my mind can help me do anything.”

What was going through your mind just before the penalty?

“It was the first time I’ve been afraid of missing, because crowning the match with a goal and an assist was the perfect ending. But I couldn’t miss in front of the Curva, in front of my people.”

How big a role did the fans play in the second half?

“As the coach has always said, when I come on the fans love it and cheer me on. As a Rome native and a Roma fan, I’m desperate to keep showing what I can do.” 

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