Saturday October 5 2013
Don't burst Roma's bubble

Roma can shrug off Scudetto talk all they like, argues Susy Campanale, but the nest egg of points is getting pretty cosy.

Sceptics keep waiting for the Roma bubble to burst, but at the moment it just keeps on floating to the top. The 3-0 demolition job on Inter was their first genuine test against a side that, like them, have no European commitments to worry about and were feeling confident after a strong start to the season. If this was an exam, then Rudi Garcia and his men passed with flying colours.

This is not the first time that a side has won the opening seven rounds. Juventus, Milan and Inter managed it and in all but one of those seven previous cases ended up taking the title. The only exception was Inter, who finished second in 1966-67. It should also be noted that all but one occurred when it was still two points for a victory, so the advantage from such a strong start was not as clear. Only Juventus had seven straight wins in 2005-06 and that Scudetto was revoked in the Calciopoli scandal.

With 20 goals scored and just one conceded, Garcia is finding a way to meld the attack of Zdenek Zeman with the defence of Fabio Capello. In truth, this team reminds many of Luciano Spalletti’s Roma, particularly with the position of Francesco Totti as an atypical centre-forward giving no reference points. Gervinho doesn’t track back much, so he can focus on bursts of pace to surprise opposition defences, leaving the more defensive work to the tireless Alessandro Florenzi. Kevin Strootman and Miralem Pjanic bring quality as well as steel to a midfield that is run by a revitalised Daniele De Rossi. DDR revealed he had considered quitting Roma when emotions were at an all-time low, but decided against it because he could not bear to think the Coppa Italia Final defeat to Lazio would be his last game.

The truth is that Roma needed that abject humiliation, for they had to reach rock bottom before rising like a phoenix from the flames. Just like Juventus after two seventh-place finishes and failing to qualify for Europe, the Giallorossi are running on hunger, determination and the leadership of a charismatic new Coach. The Old Guard are desperate to prove last season didn’t represent them and newcomers are swept along by the wave of confidence. The lack of European games cannot be underestimated either, as it shows in Roma's work rate, stamina and concentration. When this 100 per cent record does end, will the bubble burst and the old self-doubt reappear? We’ll have to wait and see.

Garcia’s approach is also fresh and entertaining. He even managed to beat master of the counter-attack Walter Mazzarri at his own game. Of course, as Conte is learning at Juventus now, you only have so long before the opposition figures out how to neutralise you. It took them two years to crack the Juve code, so perhaps Roma have time to build up that nest egg of points after all.

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Have your say...
These Northern Italian teams actually complaining about refereeing is so freakin' ridiculous and insane. Don't you realize Roma most win by two goals to actually win by one?

Inter, Milan, and Juve sport three teams and can't beat Roma on the pitch. Yes, Juve, you'll get yours soon.

A li mortacci tua...

Ultras liberi!
on the 9th October, 2013 at 1:21am
I am saying the same, we must take it a game at a time. We where great against Inter, Totti is knocking on the door Cesare. From back to front we have great quality. Exciting times. We must believe, Napoli next what a game that will be. Forza Roma. I would have liked Cesare to have called Ogbonna, Cassano and Gabbiadini. Cassano was immense yesterday. I have always liked Roncaglia and feel he could do a job for Italy. Great to see Rossi back, we might pose a goal threat now.
on the 7th October, 2013 at 7:57am
I have to be a fair fan and admit that although we control most of the game we created very little honestly proly could've been worse for first time this season defense was the problem but this is football goals are what win matches. Congrats to roma and good luck
on the 7th October, 2013 at 5:40am
Actually it is the comparison with Spalletti's Roma that worries me the most. At the time when Spalletti reign on the hot seat there was praise to Roma as "the most enternaining team of the season", and yet we failed to grab the title.
However, I can not help to think perhaps this is our time for similar feeling of Capello's team produced. The similarity of player styles and the coach's balance of defense and offense.
And perhaps.... the similarity of cycle of time.....
on the 7th October, 2013 at 5:13am
I'm a Romanista since ages and this team is the best or second best I've seen , it's really not important to win over Juve and Napoli to win the scudetto, the important is winning over all other teams and not wasting points on theorotically easy matches...
on the 7th October, 2013 at 1:18am
@ anon

I was saying it the English way, plurally :)
on the 6th October, 2013 at 9:04pm
Roma's second goal was gifted to them by the same 3rd official who ruled out a perfectly legit Inter goal. Instances such as this made the difference. Please people do not get too excited yes Roma are very good but by no means was last nights result a true reflection of Inter or Roma. Little incidents such as this & Guarin rocketting the inside of the post instead of scoring decide a result but in the overall performance Inter were better unlike against Juve & Viola where we won & drew. Inter!
on the 6th October, 2013 at 5:22pm
In the words of nicki lauda lets see you do after your fifth race, translation lets see were roma are mid season. I have to admit to being impressed with roma this season although i was last season, but they have gone out and improved their squad overall. What even more impressive is gervinho form who is this player he is unrecognisable from his arsenal days. I can only be envious to see a see the kind of football roma are able to produce with this set of players.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 4:59pm
@Mustaafaaaa it's ROMANISTI, not Romanistas. Those who have been with this team for years will support it no matter what. I get plastic fans tend to change their teams, but those who have seen years of injustice and referees favouring Northern clubs will stay with Roma to the very end. I've been a fan since late nineties and first Zeman spell and I can say I've been through it all (save a demotion to Serie B). This Roma can do great things, but they are not a contender (yet).
on the 6th October, 2013 at 4:44pm
GJB, don't be ridiculous. football is a game of errors. many goals are scored out of errors, and not of sheer brilliance of a quality player in a moment. those do happen, but are very rare, hence making it special. the deciding moments, if a team or player makes an error, then they are possibly punished and pay for that error. don't focus as much on final score line, rather, the WIN. getting the result is the leading factor. 3pts. inter had many errors last night. and they paid for those errors.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 3:21pm
I hope Romanistas would still cheer for the same club after the first defeat.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 3:19pm
I love Roma, I really think that they have this year what it takes to win! People, the real test is gonna be against Napoli and if they beat them then they have real shot to win the title! I know its early to say but this Couch has done it before with a French club, and Totti loves playing this style and with these fast pace players he is able to use his crazy good and entertaining handling the ball game!
on the 6th October, 2013 at 3:02pm
As I said before:
Let's hope for perfect October and perfect Winter

That means:
1) Perfect 10 beating Juve's record of 9 wins in 2005/6
2) Perfect 17 matching Inter's longest winning record
of 17 in 2006/7

So, ROMA's numbers are 10 & 17

Grazie Totti and company
on the 6th October, 2013 at 2:58pm
Hopefully the refereeing "errors" balance out this year because it looks like only one team has benefitted 4 points so far this year from these "errors" again and that has put them in a champions league place. Lets hope justice takes its course and Roma, Inter Naooli represent Italy fairly.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 2:53pm
GJB is right, Roma werent three goals better than us but they certainly deserved to win. As for our side, didnt play badly but not so well either, frustratingly average. Is it just me or is the current serie a pecking order and type of football being played starting to strangely resemble the 80s?
on the 6th October, 2013 at 2:53pm
To GJB, how many chances did Inter exactly create? As I remember Roma had more clear cut chances in the second than Inter did. Just accept it inter have been Roma's whipping boys for a few years now and it doesn't look like changing.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 2:40pm
on the 6th October, 2013 at 2:22pm
I think the enthusiasm over Roma will end soon. If you look at the game against Inter Roma wasn't 3 goals better than Inter. The scoreline is deceiving. For the first half Inter was the better team but they made defensive errors and got burned by it. For the second half Roma understandably defended the 3 goal lead. Be warned. Don't crown Roma champions as yet!!! We are only seven games in.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 11:46am
I for one would welcome a Roma victory at the end of this Serie A campaign. It would be good to see someone break the Juventus monopoly, especially if it's a team outside of the traditional Big 3.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 10:44am
Hopefully Roma can stay injury free. It looks like they are taking full advantage of not having European commitments this season-like Conte did in his first season at Juve. Rumours about Quagliarella, Astori, & one other coming in January is also encouraging news for Roma fans. As a neutral, I hope that they can keep up this form as they are a joy to watch, and can become a great symbol of Italian football. Florenzi has to get a game for Italy!!
on the 6th October, 2013 at 10:24am
Roma have been extremely impressive so far. I cannot believe how much their defense has improved; they close the ball down very quickly and throw their bodies at everything.The balance of the team is nigh on perfect. All of their new signings have been outstanding so far, & I disagree with Sacchi-I'd rather have Gervinho, Ljajic, Strootman, & Benatia instead of Osvaldo, Lamela, & Marquinhos. Gervinho's pace, movement, trickery, & work-rate has been a revelation.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 10:15am
I've always had a soft spot for Roma and I'm glad to see them doing well. Roma look even better now, than Juve did when conte took over. Juve Roma Napoli in next seasons champions league hopefully
on the 6th October, 2013 at 9:32am
The trio of DDR, Strootman and Pjanic is so good! Great balance with the left foot of Strootman, they are all technically very strong, but also hard working and can do the defensive side. Roma can build a very strong team around them. I just hope they hang on to them for the next few years. Benatia has also slotted in brilliantly
on the 6th October, 2013 at 8:41am
roma are the kings of serie A.
questions? the answer on the field.
my roma are superior to Inter, Milan, Napoli & old lady Juventus.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 6:33am
As a Juventus fan, I'm genuinely happy for Roma's revival.... With just Juventus flying Italy's flag high in the world (let's face it, Allegri will be lucky if he's still in charge of Milan in Jan 2014), Serie A needs more positive examples, like that of Totti's il lupi, to reinvigorate itself and shed this bleak "fallen league" image that has been cast by anti-Serie A haters....

As for La Nazionale, it surely isn't too much to ask Totti to return for one final hurrah, really :)
on the 6th October, 2013 at 3:38am
you are awesome susy! glad you were the one to write this article. no one could of imagined that roma would be lone leaders at 7-0! i'm sure the bubble will burst sooner or later. ...but, what if it doesn't?! the longer roma continues this incredible run, the harder it will be for juventus & napoli to keep the pace with roma. as you see already, their challengers are dropping points. roma seems to be playing more consistently, and growing. up coming head-to-head matches could show some signs.
on the 6th October, 2013 at 1:52am
Well done Roma!
on the 6th October, 2013 at 12:48am
I am so happy that were riding high & winning every game. Many people on here says it won't last but who is to say we won't dominate it this year. Roma can do it this year, we know we can. We proved against Inter now were not mugs or just lucky and if you think we are, we will just roll over you as well. I bet Inter thought "We will stop them no problem" but Inter were steamrolled and Gervinho should of made it 4. Lets see when we beat Napoli and will see what the doubters say then.

Forza Roma!
on the 6th October, 2013 at 12:34am

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