Roma are set to welcome Francesco Totti back to the side having struggled in his absence and while Rudi Garcia insists he is a world-class player, he maintains the 37-year-old isn't a leader.
Totti played a crucial part in the Giallorossi's record-breaking start to the Serie A season which saw them rack up 10 consecutive wins.
But the wheels have come off for Roma somewhat after four consecutive draws that have allowed Juventus to take charge at the top of the table.
The Eternal City side's slump has coincided with the loss of captain Totti to a hamstring injury, which he is close to recovering from.
Garcia is clearly looking forward to being able to call on Er Pupone once more, but has surprisingly questioned his role as a motivator.
"Francesco is one of the best players in the history of football," French coach Garcia told So Foot.
"But he is not a leader in the dressing room. It isn't Totti who shouts and motivates the troops, but he is liked by his teammates because he is an intelligent lad and quick witted.
"To understand a player properly you have to coach him," Garcia continued. "I don't really know who Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are.
"Now I can say that Totti is a simple and humble lad. He has never asked to be treated differently, not even because he is 36 years old [sic]."
"He loves football and is always available. On the pitch he is an example to other players."
Totti will be hoping to be ready for Roma's crunch match at home to Fiorentina this weekend but it looks likely to come around a little too soon for him.
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