AS Roma Analysis: Projected first team against AC Milan

AS Roma Captain Francesco Totti embraces youngster Erik Lamela (Flickr Commons)

AS Roma are on the verge of breaking into the final UEFA Europa League place for next season as they sit in joint sixth with rivals Lazio in the Italian Serie A only two points back from Udinese.

The Wolves have had an up and down season, and despite high hopes at the start are struggling to show their full potential and true quality.

Against AC Milan they will have to bring everything they have to bare at the San Siro if they are to salvage European qualification from their frustrating campaign.

Veteran center forward Francesco Totti continues to prove his worth to the club with twelve goals and twelve assists on the season at the age of 36. His drive and determination will be key to bringing out the best in the club’s two leading goal scorers in Pablo Osvaldo and young Erik Lamela with 16 and 15 apiece.

Maarten Stekelenburg is out which will be a potential problem for Roma as they fight to ensure they keep a tight defense against Milan’s youthful and inspired attack. Their situation means that 35-year-old veteran keeper Bogdan Lobont will get the nod.

Projected Starting XI: Lobont; Torosidis, Marquinhos, Castan, Balzaretti; Bradley, Rossi, Florenzi; Lamela, Osvaldo, Totti.

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