Juventus game unlike any other, says Totti

The Giallorossi forward believes that only the Rome derby is more important than the upcoming fixture with the Old Lady, while he also rued the absence of Alessandro Del Piero

Roma captain Francesco Totti is looking ahead to his side's Serie A meeting with Juventus this weekend, describing it as "the second most important" match for his club.

The capital club lock horns with the reigning champions on Saturday and their rivalry has been stoked further since the appointment of Zdenek Zeman as Giallorossi coach; known for his dislike of their forthcoming opponents.

“Of course there is rivalry with the Bianconeri and that’s only normal. After all, this is not a game like any other. I’d put it as the second most important fixture, right behind the derby," he told the Roma channel.

The World Cup winner then went onto lament the loss of Alessandro Del Piero for Italian football, while revealing that he would have liked to retire with his former Azzurri team-mate.

“Without doubt Del Piero will be missed by Italian football. The important thing is I’m still here,” joked Totti after his side's 1-1 draw with Sampdoria on Wednesday night.

"It is going to be a little strange to play Juventus without Del Piero. I would’ve liked to face him again so we could retire together."

Totti celebrated his 36th birthday in style as he netted his 216th league goal against the Blucerchiati to put him third in the all-time Capocannoniere charts, alongside Jose Altafini and Giuseppe Meazza.

“It was emotional to score that goal, even though I would've preferred to win and bring back three points,” he remarked.