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Roma hopes to regain bragging rights in Rome derby with Lazio

Turin, Italy (Sports Network) - Roma captain Francesco Totti will be playing in his 38th Rome derby on Sunday when his side squares off with Lazio, and he will be eager to erase the memory of the last encounter between the two sides.

The teams locked horns in the Coppa Italia final in May, and Lazio emerged with a 1-0 victory that gave the club bragging rights in the Italian capital throughout the summer.

But Totti feels as though his team has put that result in the past, and that the focus has now shifted toward accomplishments in the league this season.

"We're no longer thinking of the past," Totti said. "What happened in May is behind us. We know it's going to be a hard game, but we know the right way to face it. With this spirit, we can say a thing or two this season."

Roma has gotten off to a promising start so far with three wins from its first three games, while Lazio enters the contest with two victories in three fixtures to start the season.

The club is also coming off of a 1-0 win in the Europa League on Thursday against Legia Warsaw, a result that no doubt pleased manager Vladimir Petkovic, who chose to rest a number of regulars ahead of Sunday's showdown.

Players like Cristian Ledesma, Senad Lulic and Miroslav Klose each got to watch Thursday's win as they get ready for the Rome derby, which is the club's second game in a stretch that includes seven matches in 21 days.

Napoli is the other side along with Roma to win its first three games and the club will no doubt be buoyed by its Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

The team has outscored the opposition 9-2 so far this season, but a hungry AC Milan side awaits Napoli's arrival at the San Siro.

The Rossoneri has stumbled out of the gate in Serie A, collecting just four points from three games to fall five points off the pace so early in the season.

A loss to Napoli would saddle Milan with a big deficit, so the club knows that a big performance is required, despite the fact that injury problems have ravaged the team so far. Milan fielded just 13 players for its 2-0 win over Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Defending champions Juventus entertain Hellas Verona with Juve owning seven points from three games, while Inter Milan has gotten off to a much better start this term with two wins and a draw from three matches. Inter will hope to continue that momentum on Sunday with a win at last-place Sassuolo.

Cagliari and Sampdoria square off on Saturday with the two teams combining for one win in six games, while Chievo entertains Udinese and Genoa tangles with Livorno.

On Sunday, Fiorentina invades Atalanta, Bologna hosts Torino and struggling sides Catania and Parma meet up at the Angelo Massimino.

09/20 10:31:34 ET


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