Sergio Conceicao ‘doesn’t know why’ Ivan Marcano is not a Roma regular and claims ‘Francesco Totti doesn’t like me because I won here six times’ with Lazio.
Conceicao helped Lazio lift the Scudetto in 2000 and also played for the likes of Parma and Inter before leading Porto to the Portuguese title last season.
“I know this city well but, regardless of my past as a player, I’m focused on tomorrow’s match,” said the former Portugal winger at a Press conference for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg in Rome.
“We’re happy to face Roma, but Roma will also have been happy to draw us. We’ll play to get the result tomorrow. We want to reach the quarter-finals.
“Totti’s words on the draw? Maybe he doesn’t like me because I won here six times in a row…
“There are no special feelings on my part. The only feeling for me is being able to wear the Porto badge on my chest.
“This club are among the best in the world and we want to get to the quarters, that’s clear.
“It’ll be a very interesting match. In the Champions League you need experience and bravery but also good legs. We’re ready for this tie.
“It thrills me to be able to return to Rome and relive the unique moments I shared with the Lazio fans, but right now I’m only thinking about this game.
“Zaniolo? They have some very good players. Zaniolo’s very important for how their attack functions.
“He has a lot of quality and we’ll take him into consideration like everyone else because we work on the collective.
“He’s a young lad of great value. Marcano? I coached him last year, he’s a great professional and I don’t know why he’s not finding space in Italy.
“He has immense qualities and was fantastic last season.”