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Statistics prove the Totti effect 

Once again the return of Francesco Totti inspired Roma to victory over Udinese and the figures show just how important Er Pupone is.

Francesco Totti has become synonymous with Roma and this season's statistics are further proof as to how important he remains to his team.

Every year there are question marks over whether Totti can still perform, but at the age of 37 there are no signs of decline.

This term Totti has been sidelined for a significant number of games and his absence alone may have been a major factor in Roma's title push stalling.

Totti was the driving force behind Roma's record-breaking start to the campaign and his first injury lay-off coincided with the loss of the Lupi's invincibility.

So far this season, Totti has played 19 games in Serie A and the Coppa Italia combined and has won 15 of them with two draws and two defeats.

Without Totti, Roma have fared much worse - they have managed six wins, five draws and a defeat.

With their captain on the field the Giallorossi have scored 45 times and conceded 12, without him they have netted nine times and let in four.

While there are obviously other factors in Roma's mixed fortunes this season, there can be little doubt that Totti remains a pivotal figure.

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