New owners usually means a change of fortunes. In the case of Manchester City, it has meant a realistic shot at the Premier League title, while clubs such as Chester City & Wimbledon ‘lost’ their clubs as a result. When Roma got taken over it was a surprise as they were the first Italian club to be owned by a non Italian. This move was oppossed by many fans due to the nationality of the American Thomas DiBenedetto but the one thing he would bring to the club is stability on and off the pitch. Roma had been a club burgoened by debts, going nowhere and having an ever increasingly ageing squad. But this takeover has changed it all.
The man in charge of the Gillariosi is Luis Enrique, the former Real Madrid & Barcelona midfielder, who’s only previous managerial experiance was in charge of Barcelona B in the Spanish 2nd division. Many would have expected Enrique to get the Barcelona job when Guardiola decides to leave the job, but instead he wanted to make a name for himself as a coach in new surroundings & described the Roma job as ‘ideal’. Despite a 2-1 aggregate defeat in the Europa League to Slovan Bratislava, he hasn’t had the chance to put his mark on the role.
A wealth of new signings were made by the club to add quality to the squad and decrease the age of the team. The vastly underrated Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenberg was signed for £6million pounds, with Gianluca Curci coming in as back up. Former Man United defender Gabriel Heinze signed on a free transfer, Denmark’s Simon Kjaer came in on a season long loan from Wolfsburg, French right back Loic Nego. Fernando Gago has signed on a season long loan from Real Madrid & attacking midfielders Erik Lamela & the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic have added creativity to the team, while Espanyol forward Pablo Osvaldo & Barcelona’s Bojan have got the ability to score 20 goals a season. Add these players to Roma cult heroes Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi & Marco Boriello and they have a team that should end up challenging or winning the Scudetto.
With a move to a English modelled 55,000 stadium on the horizon, things are looking up for the Gillariosi. They have the owner, the manager & the players to make a Serie A title this season a reality. The title is Roma’s to lose and they have everything in place to make this happen.
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