Former Roma boss Carlo Mazzone is hopeful that the Giallorossi can still finish the season in the top three.
The capital outfit have had an inconsistent campaign under new tactician Luis Enrique, but they are sixth in the standings and could move to within four points of third-placed Lazio with a win against Genoa this evening.
“Up until now, I think Napoli have done that little bit more to deserve third place,” Mazzone, who is 75 today, told Radio Sport 24.
“However, I hope that Roma can give something extra in the last part of the campaign, especially if a few of their rivals start to struggle.”
While Milan and Juve are looking good to qualify for the Champions League, the last spot remains open between Lazio [48 points], Napoli and Udinese .
Roma, Inter and Catania – led by former Roma striker and Coach Vincenzo Montella – follow thanks to their 41 in the table.
“Luis Enrique, the club and Roma need a bit of time, but qualifying for the Champions League would be a great result,” the veteran tactician added.
“Patience is needed which is hard in a place like Rome, but Luis Enrique is an excellent boss and he has some good young players who will have great careers.”