AS Roma had become the first soccer team to start its season with nine consecutive wins. 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. They are yet to be beaten in the Serie A TIM but have since only won three of their last eight matches thus losing first place to Juventus.
This was definitely not what was expected from first-year coach Rudi Garcia, who has turned a lively group of talented and wayward footballers into real contenders. With only five months in charge, he has led his team near 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. The American seems very comfortable fighting week in and week out for a spot in the starting eleven.
Some say that Roma’s success is premature and that even with their hot start they were never going to be real contenders. Juventus seems to be the only horse in the race as both AC Milan and Inter Milan have struggled as of late to find top form. They do, however, look close to sealing a spot in next year’s Champions League.
I believe AS Roma have a real chance to win the title this year if Europe’s big guns don’t plan on purchasing any of their star players — i.e. Kevin Strootman, Miralem Pjanic or Adem Ljajic who have all been mentioned in transfer talks. Apart from being world class these players are not cup tied which means that they would be eligible to play in the Champions League, making them really attractive options. If they keep their star players, Roma will be a definite contender this year.