Roma’s poor season has everyone wondering whats going wrong in the Italian capital and what can maybe be the answer
2001 – For Roma fans, that was a very historic moment. That moment marked the clubs third league title after winning it in 1942 and 1983. 15 years pass and the Roma faithful are still praying to replicate their success in 2001, countless money invested in talent, a couple of cash injections from new American president James Palotta; but yet the ever so elusive fourth Scudetto remains up in the air when it’ll happen.
To catch up to things that have conspired this past season, the giallorossi came out of the gates with a vengeance, as did a couple other teams but Roma looked the most convincing because of their summer signings. What made life even better for romanisti, Juventus got off to one of the most woeful starts they have ever experienced since 1970(ladies and gentleman, consistency at its finest). It was almost poetic for Roma, until of course the inevitable Rudi Garcia mid season curses; you know the one where he is amongst the worst coaches in the world but then after January somehow salvages a second place finish and all is forgiven, yeah, that.
Now that you’re caught up, lets talk Roma. Following an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Barcelona, La Spezia and Atalanta. Il lupi haven’t gotten a win since November 8th against bitter rivals Lazio, not only that; the Roma ultras have also left the Curva Sud vacant since the Roma vs Udinese match.
1 – Prior to today Roma had not been eliminated at the Coppa Italia round of 16 since 2000/01 (vs Atalanta). Choc. #RomaSpezia
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 16, 2015
Roma’s been plagued with injuries since last season which isn’t new to anyone, but the usual answer for any coach would be to switch it up. Garcia has done everything but that, with the likes of Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic, Iago Falque and Juan Iturbe all being out of form completely something would have to change in Garcia’s coveted false nine trident. With Gervais Yao Kouassi (Gervinho) and Egyptian born Mohammed Salah nursing an injury, this would give Garcia ample opportunity to experiment with formation, use the depth Roma have in midfield and experiment with a 4-2-3-1 or even a 4-3-1-2. Salih Ucan is amongst one of the youngsters deserving of a chance to break into first team action after being the only figure that stood out in today’s awful Coppa Italia showing. Roma need a coach that’ll actually change things up, adjust tactics against different opposition where as the Frenchman does the latter.
On the other hand, as this seasons progressing the giallorossi defense is beginning to show its form from previous years by notching three consecutive clean sheets (in regular time.)
The Champions League draw took place this past Monday to decide who plays whom in the next round of UCL. Of course, Roma was so fortunate to land Real Madrid, barring Real’s inconsistency and rather poor-ish season, this cup-tie has all the makings to be a slobber knocker. There are rumours circulating stating Madrid offered Rudi Garcia the vacant coaching role and he rejected to stay with Roma and turned their sights to ex Liverpool and Napoli coach Rafa Benitez who is under A LOT of scrutiny after not being able to pull consistent results together. Roma have won in three of their encounters and Madrid has won in four, drawing the other
The absence of il capitano Francesco Totti has be dearly missed amongst everyone apart of Roma whether it be a fan or players. Totti sustained an injury early on the season that has kept him out of play until now, the king of Rome is now training with the group again and is awaiting his call to first team action. Totti’s influence is that of the ever so famous first emperor of Roma, the founder of the Roman Empire Augustus. He just brings a sense of peace to the team, has so much influence on Roma and earned every single person’s respect for the things he’s done. Totti doesn’t look for self-glory he just wants Roma to be glorified; just like Augustus.
Totti’s reunion with the starting 11 will bring them results; you heard that here first on Italian Football Daily. Stay tuned for these Roma Diaries; they will be put up once a week!