AS Roma has become the first soccer team to start its season with nine consecutive wins with a hard-fought victory over Udinese at the Friulli Stadium. The perfect start to the season after nine games is the best in modern football, ahead of FC Barcelona, whom are yet to accomplish said feat.
This was definitely not what was expected from first-year coach Rudi Garcia, who was turned a lively group of talented and wayward footballers into real contenders. With only five months in charge, he has led his team to the top of the Serie A standings. Lest we forget, Michael Bradley plies his trade for the Roman outfit and has become a much more mature passer under Garcia’s tutelage and scored the winning goal in their latest victory.
Some say that Roma’s success can be attributed to a former Barcelona academy graduate by the name of Luis Enrique. If we look closely, I believe there is some truth to that. Enrique brought the Catalan tiki-taka to the Italian capital and was never really credited for doing so.
This style of play is not only attractive, but it is also successful. Enrique can also be credited with purchasing a young man by the name of Miralem Pjanic, who has blossomed into the Bosnian Andres Iniesta.
It turns out that the tiki-taka style implemented by Enrique three years ago has turned AS Roma into the new and improved FC Barcelona, at least in domestic league play. It is still way too early to compare Roma’s success in Serie A with the imperial success of FC Barcelona, but keep an eye out for AS Roma — they will soon be lighting up the international stage.