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Claudio Ranieri has lavished Francesco Totti in praise ahead of Roma's trip to Naples.

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri is treating captain Francesco Totti with respect ahead of their clash against Napoli.

All previous signs of tension have been eradicated and new beginnings abound in Rome.

"Totti is Totti, he is the greatest Italian player and our captain. We will keep him tight. He comes before everything," Ranieri told the press.

"Will he play tomorrow? I have not decided yet. You will see tomorrow."

The key message is quite clear from the coach who wants a good result at Napoli.

"They have a great squad and a strong attack. They are fast, and they made a great come back in the Europa League.

"It will be a great derby of the south. We are getting back up and I expect progress. We have to work."

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