Roma look to remain perfect Monday night and win their third consecutive game to start the new season. This early season clash against Parma proves to be a big test for Manager Rudi Garcia and his squad, especially if the club has aspirations of returning to European club football.
Roma come into this match on the heels of two straight convincing victories, and having yet to concede a goal this season. With strong performances against both Livorno and Verona, Parma will undoubtedly be Roma’s greatest challenge so far, with special attention being made towards striker Antonio Cassano. Cassano, who has scored once already in two games, is perhaps the most dangerous aspect of Roberto Donadoni’s team, and Roma manager Rudi Garcia is not taking him lightly:
“I’ve studied our opposition of course, as I always do. They have their strengths and weaknesses like everyone else.” Garcia later added “Antonio Cassano is certainly one of those dangerous players.”
With Both Juventus and Inter earning a single point this weekend, Roma have an opportunity to join Napoli atop the Serie A table with nine points. Roma were not considered one of the pre-season favorites to land a coveted Champions League spot, but that isn’t something they are interested in hearing about.
“I like ambition and I’m as ambitious as anyone, but ambition is one thing and your real target for the season is another. Our aim is to finish in the top five.”
Monday night’s game will be played at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma. Match time is set for 2:45pm EST.