Roma have come second in Serie A for the past two years, behind Juventus, but this year they’ve beaten Juventus, and it’s largely down to Rudi Garcia. Is it time Roma toppled the Italian dominance?
Many Roma fans, as well as neutrals, will hope that with it being potentially Francesco Totti’s last year, that the man who epitomises Roma as a club can retire with another medal around his neck.
Roma have invested heavily and wisely this season, bringing in players like Wojciech Szczesny, Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah to name but a few; one can only wonder whether they can capitalise on these changes and go that one step further that has previously held them back.
Adding these players to the already formidable amount of talent they have, with players like Miralem Pjanic, Kostas Manolas and Juan Iturbe, the depth in the team will surely be the envy of many of Serie A’s other teams.
Garcia will have to thank James Pallotta for his success. Had the American not bought into the club and become President, everything could have panned out a lot differently.
Roma are definitely a force to reckon with, and the stats that show their wage spending reinforces this, with Roma second, only behind Juventus on the wage table. Daniele de Rossi’s €6.5 million yearly salary is currently the highest of the squad.
At a time when Italian football is reeling from scandals regarding match fixing and racism, Roma shine a rare bright light, showing there are possibilities of Italian teams shaking this shameful stereotype.
Although it could be argued that Roma haven’t exactly come close to challenging Juventus in the past couple of seasons, this year is different. Juventus have lost some good players, most notably Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal, and they also failed to sign Julian Draxler in the summer; so there is potential for them to struggle this season.
The decline of the once dominant Milan teams is something that will work in Roma’s favour, too. However, both Milan clubs have made excellent acquisitions, such as Carlos Bacca for Milan and Stevan Jovetic for Inter; give it a couple of seasons and the Milan teams will be back again, gunning for the title.
With Inter Milan currently sitting second in the league, behind Fiorentina, it’s a top three that has surprised many people, and although it’s still early on in the season, Roma will want to be topping the league by Christmas.
The addition of Szczesny, on loan from Arsenal, was arguably Roma’s cleverest signing of the summer transfer window; with Di Sanctis approaching retirement and unfortunately prone to getting rusty, signing a young goalkeeper with passion was a signing that needed to be made.
Roma will once again be looking to become a European force once again, and come up against the best of the best; winning the Serie A will give them serious credentials, and other teams will look on at them with fear.
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