They are second in Serie A, still in the Europa League and alive in the Coppa Italia. But AS Roma could face a bunch of troubles next summer and in the near future.
Ever since Luciano Spalletti took over the reins of Rudi Garcia in January 2016 for his second stint with the club, Roma have been on fire. The Giallorossi boost a league record of 33 wins, 6 draws, and only 6 losses since their Coach’s return. I mean, that’s impressive, especially when you count in this team hasn’t dropped a point at the Stadio Olimpico since April.
The big problem for Roma, however, has been the even more impressive run of Juventus. The Old Lady have won the last five Serie A titles, with the Lupi finishing second on two occasions and third last season. Since winning the Scudetto in 2001, Roma have finished in second place eight times. When they were great, there has always been one team being slightly better and more consistent over a full season.
This campaign, Spalletti’s Giallorossi are on course for another fine finish. Second, behind a star studded Juve squad. On top, Roma are still alive in the Coppa, even if they lost the first leg to Lazio 2-0, and they are due to clash with Lyon in the Europa League’s Round of 16.
Long way to go
But is anyone expecting Roma to actually win their first trophy since 2008, when they lifted the Coppa after beating Inter for the second year in a row?
The Lupi are the only squad that can really chase Juventus, but it will take a massive meltdown from the Bianconeri for Roma to win their fourth Scudetto. Lazio have been impressive this season and if Roma do manage to outplay them in the return, they’ll have to face Juve or Napoli in a thrilling final. And there’s a long way to go at the European level, with a Roman error always lurking around the corner…
However, at this point it’s fair to say Roma have a decent chance of winning two trophies this season. And quite frankly, they better do. Juventus aren’t slowing down, while Inter and AC Milan are starting a comeback with financial power, Napoli are in great form on and off the pitch, and Lazio are looking better and better again.
This is the time
Next summer, the Giallorossi will once again lose at least one of their key players, maybe even two or three. They’ll make moves during the mercato but in the end, Roma will be on the same level they are on this season. They have been unable to take that final step towards calcio greatness and it’s really starting to get problematic.
Building a new stadium is awesome and necessary. But investing in a new Roman football temple means less money for transfers. Remember, when Juventus invested big in a new stadium, they finished 7th two years in a row. Eventually, Roma will benefit greatly from owning their own arena but it will require sacrifices and patience.
Meaning a fourth Scudetto is set to be possibly won in 2025? I’m not sure any current top player is willing to sign on for that. Meaning Roma will remain trophy chasers for the next couple of years. Unless, they break out this season. Really, it’s their only option.