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Friday October 18 2013
Roma's Eighth Wonder

Nobody can realistically suggest Roma aren’t Scudetto contenders after eight opening wins, argues Susy Campanale, especially against these teams.

Rudi Garcia, Daniele De Rossi and the rest can continue to throw cold water over those mentioning the dreaded ‘S’ word, but it is now beyond dispute the Giallorossi are Scudetto contenders, maybe even favourites. It’s not just the fact they have started the season with eight consecutive victories – something only title-winning Juventus achieved in 1930-31, 1985-86 and 2005-06 – but how they earned those wins and against who.

This Roma side has already faced huge tests of its capabilities. When Jonathan Biabiany gave Parma a half-time lead at the Tardini – the only time the Lupi have trailed all season – they fought back for a 3-1 success. The Derby della Capitale was psychologically delicate, hanging in the balance and the kind of test that in the past would’ve damaged self-confidence, but they pushed Lazio aside. There were head-to-head showdowns at the top of the table with Inter and Napoli, but the Giallorossi kept clean sheets with stoic defending and took their chances with clinical precision.

Friday night’s victory felt particularly special and a sign that Roma really can do it this season. Francesco Totti went off in the opening half-hour, but for once the team did not crumble when its captain and leading light was off the field. Other players with completely different characteristics stepped up and took control of the situation. Miralem Pjanic grabbed the reins going forward, leaving De Rossi to lead the troops from the back. That is perhaps the greatest sign of all that things are changing in the Capital.

Looking back over Roma’s eight Serie A wins, they have been surprisingly different. This team can maintain possession and swarm all over opponents, or it can sit back and play the counter-attack depending on the situation. The crucial element is the entire team knows which approach to take at what time. They read the game like few others and that is something that has been sorely lacking at Milan or Fiorentina. You see no dips in concentration at key moments, nor failing to change gear when the opposition is struggling.

Can they keep this up for an entire campaign? It’ll be tough, but for a team with quality players eager to prove themselves under a new Coach after a tough couple of years and with no European commitments to hold them back... sound familiar, Juventus fans?

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Have your say...
Boss
I Am actually a doctor but my native language is not english so it's good enough for me to be able to make anyone understand what I mean with english ,however, it looks like you are a naive jealous teenager minded person who try to bully everyone around...I'm sure in real life face to face you would just shut up and talk nice cause usually the cowards are the ones who bully others while sitting behind the keyboard
FORZA ROMA
on the 27th October, 2013 at 2:18am
Dear Daniele,

BOSS has his prediction and we have our hope. this season Roma are not inferior to Juve, as i'm confident that Roma's substitutes are very capable men.

Talking about Juve, i'm more afraid to the 'lucky' factor than technical one. Offside goal, penalty goal, wrong referee decicions.. it all saves their games.

2 goals in every games is good for Roma.

Forza Roma
'No Totti, Still Party'
on the 23rd October, 2013 at 4:05pm
All I can say is .. let the rest of the season play itself out. debating over who is the best and trashing other teams is pointless. I would just like to congratulate Roma for finally finding some consistency. Hope they can maintain their winning streak for the rest of the season

FORZA ROMA
on the 23rd October, 2013 at 5:52am
Danielle

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with dating websites as I've never required it. I have no doubt that you are far better versed in dating websites then I.

Acting tough? I'm not making threats or being abusive am I?

I've not said juve are invincible. I said we would get thrashed by Madrid. In serie a I'm sure we will lose again. But ultimately I am confident we will win another scudetto.

You nee how stop ruin go win a debate which you have already lost.
on the 22nd October, 2013 at 6:49pm
Boss

This is not a dating site so you don´t have to try to play tough in front of some ladies (or men).

All I´m saying is that I notice that u seem to live in denial since to drop a 2-0 lead is something Roma used to do..

My "case" thus, is based on your prententious assumptions that Juve is untouchable which they´re not.. apparently..

So,for the time being the laughs on u.
on the 22nd October, 2013 at 12:18pm
Danielle

I'll try and help you so that you don't repeat your stupid comment in real life during a conversation then get laughed at. A case is usually rested when all points have been made close to a conclusion.

So you rest your case because juve lost? It's only October unless you're in a time warp? Of course juve are going to lose in the league just like Real Madrid will dominate them. But, Roma have now lost Totti. De Rossi will get injured and that is when Roma collapses.
on the 21st October, 2013 at 8:48pm
Boss

Whatever dude. I´m just saying that I were you, I wouldn´t be too confident in a team that drops a lead with 0-2 and then finally looses with 4-2.

I rest my case.
on the 21st October, 2013 at 2:55pm
To The Italian in Canada, best you stay in your new found country; Italy doesn't need you.

To all the Rubentus lovers, Giuseppe Rossi destroyed you.

Forza Magica!!
on the 21st October, 2013 at 10:19am
Yada yada yada
Blabla blabla

Like i said earlier, better enjoy the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Fiorentina beat Juve.
Period.
on the 21st October, 2013 at 1:15am
Dr Haydar

Firstly, don't impersonate a doctor it can be quite misleading and also extremely embarrassing for yourself when, having tried to make sense of your post, it is apparent you struggle to write English let alone prescriptions. As for juve being the biggest losers (I think that is what you were saying), I can only say that come the Xmas break you will soon be looking up at juve
on the 20th October, 2013 at 5:39pm
Daniele

I'm not a fool because I'm confident in juve and I doubt the rest of serie a. Believe me mate, if any other team was going to win the league but juve, I would happily support Roma. I have liked them since the spaletti days. So I can assure you I am not jealous.

I'm confident that with my track record in predictions, I can say Roma are a Christmas break team. They will drop off and blame injuries.

If I'm wrong you can revert to me during Xmas, if I'm right ill happily laugh at u
on the 20th October, 2013 at 5:35pm
All and every talk who will be scudetto at this time of the season are craps. De Rossi said it for us loud and clear. All the rest are dear hopes for our own team respectively, and the gloomy fear for others respectively.
Do the wise: cherish the moment, laid back and enjoy the rest of the season. And when the final whistle of the final game has been blown, then... and only then we can either devour the glory or mourning for the lost.
on the 20th October, 2013 at 3:44pm
Roma have been a revelation. I doubt there were many people even Roma fans who expected much from this season. They look a dead cert for top 3, but I'd still make Juve favourites for the title.
on the 20th October, 2013 at 3:33pm
First thing all haters should do is learn how to read the table. You will see games played, games won, games lost, games tied. Then goals scored, goals conceded, and pts. Next time you get the urge to post a comment, look at where your team is on the table. Just in goal difference alone, everyone shut your mouth!No cares if a team is playing or not, a win is a win! If you care whether teams are playing badly, worry about your own team cause the TABLE says everyone else is worse than Roma!
on the 20th October, 2013 at 1:49pm
To vinni London, I don't think Juventus are the team to beat. There are 38 games in Serie A, and looking at things atm by the time Juve comes round it may not be so decisive as you say. Did Infer win 8 in a row last year? No, our optimism is a bit different to that of Inter last year so please don't compare us to Inter.
on the 20th October, 2013 at 11:24am
Italian in Canada, you're digging yourself into a deeper hole: "the only goals were penalties"?! Did you really watch the game? Because if you did, you would surely have remembered Pjanic's fantastic free kick; which IMO was worth the admission fee alone. If you had watched Roma's 7 other matches then we may take views a little more seriously, (although not much). Sam, don't get too carried away just yet! Things are looking good, but there is still a long way to go.
on the 20th October, 2013 at 10:45am
It seems that roma fans are starting to have some real hope, just as inter fans had last year before christmas. Lol
The team to beat its only Juventus this year. The rest are just trying hard to break into that hiearchy that Juve created.
Good luck to them, although I fear that in the game roma-juve we will see another four moving fingers as we saw last year. Lol
To say that roma's playing some good football its a fantasy.
No team right now are playing great in serie A so far, thats a fact.
on the 20th October, 2013 at 8:00am
First up, I really enjoy your blog posts Suzy, keep up the good work (don't enjoy the noisy advertising on here though)!

Roma really should have won at least one or two more scudetti over the past ten years- especially when they were, at one time, the only team challenging Inter. I really hope they do it this season (am a long time Roma fan).

Juventus though, are always dangerous and will be contenders right to the end. They're like the Germany of Serie A. Still, Roma can do it! Forza Roma!
on the 20th October, 2013 at 7:32am
Lazio, Inter, Napoli. They're for real.
Stop arguing. Better enjoy the rest of the season.

Forza roma!
on the 20th October, 2013 at 5:30am
Why are the Romanistas even responding to the Rubentini in here? Don't bother with them or fans of the Milan's. Barring a small few, most of them cheer for the team because of past accomplishments. They are glory hunters and talk a certain way because they have very very fragile ego's and need to cheer for whoever wins the most. They don't win very often in life so they need to take solace in whatever accomplishments are made by others.
on the 20th October, 2013 at 3:22am
Last year roma won over juve still juve won the scudetto , it's not the champion league or the cup where a final decides everything , it's a 38 matches league and the team who wins over the moderate to weak teams has a better chance than the others , right now Roma are winning over every other team and this is great indication of a great future , besides juve are absulotly losers this year , look at the wrong goals they were given in 2 matches to stay in the second place ...
on the 19th October, 2013 at 11:39pm
So will you be retracting your article about "the broken promises of an American Dream" from Soccer Italia magazine?
on the 19th October, 2013 at 10:50pm
@Italian in Canada
1. The fact this team is leading Serie A this season, is a black mark for Serie A this season.
2. Serie A has been awful to date, including Roma.

Maybe you're going to say: that's why current italian representatives in the Champion League were so much awful, including Juve.

@BOSS
Your words is very very interesting as i'm curious to see the table when the first Serie A round end. Realistically, Juve were destined to be the king of the league, no matter how point were earned.
on the 19th October, 2013 at 9:16pm
#Boss
Thanks, you´re right. However, I do think you have no idea what you´re talking about Roma being a "christmas team"To be as certain as you pretend to be is just a sign of that you´re worried that Roma is gonna go all the way this year simply because we play better right now than Juve. Also, we don´t need to worry about fatigue since we don´t play in Europe. Only an fool would be certain of anything when it comes to football. If you knew anything about football you would know that too.
on the 19th October, 2013 at 9:00pm
don't listen to Italian in Canada, he is obviously just trolling.. Roma played fantastic last night even with 2 injuries to starting line.
on the 19th October, 2013 at 8:03pm
Daniele

The word you are looking for is "conceded" not "conceived". We are talking football not reproduction.

Aldair

I'm not a psychic, but my predictions based on what I see tend to be right. For example I said SES would turn into a flop when everyone else was saying how big he would be, where is he now?

So yes juventus will win the league.

As for Roma, to the idiots saying jealousy, I just want people to be more realistic. Roma, Napoli, fiorentina, they are Christmas break teams.
on the 19th October, 2013 at 7:24pm
Roma deserve first place but were very very lucky against Napoli. They had no shots from open play remember. Desanctis and de Rossi were great yesterday and if Insigne had been more experienced he would have gone down from Maicon's challenge and maybe had him sent off and a penalty. Oh and cannavaro did not deserve the first yellow and it definitely was not a penalty although from where the ref was you can understand why he gave it. Looking forward to the return.
on the 19th October, 2013 at 6:48pm
It's also a fact that the winning team does not always play the best football, or even good football. I wasn't talking Roma's season to date anyway. I was talking yesterday's game, which was bad football -- sloppy, tedious, amateurish on both sides, and the only goals came from penalties. I'm a Juve fan, but I can say they've been awful so far. Even when they win, they're awful. Serie A has been awful to date, including Roma. The league needs to pick itself up, sooner the better.
on the 19th October, 2013 at 6:28pm
There's no denying the fact the Roma are playing some good football and deserved the top spot...But the fact still remains that its a long season and i still think they can continue like this til the end of the season...But the good thing is that Italian football is on the rise again with some good football despite the limited resources...It ll be a very intresting season and am sure we Serie A lovers is loving it...
on the 19th October, 2013 at 5:45pm
BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE . . . AND THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!!!

SEMPRE FORZA ROMA!!!
on the 19th October, 2013 at 4:52pm

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