By Joe Avicolli
Roma defender Antonio Rudiger believes that the capital city club have what it takes to be serious contenders for the Scudetto this season.
The Giallorossi currently sit in third place on the Serie A table with 26 points, leaving them just one point behind league leaders Fiorentina, and the 22-year-old is confident in their chances of taking first place, though he understands that they will have to battle it out with several top teams for the remainder of the campaign.
Rudiger spoke to Bild about the capital city club’s odds of winning the Scudetto this season and also commented on the intensity of the Roma fans.
“People here go crazy for football, almost to an extreme,” said the Germany international.
“To help you understand what I mean: one time I came here for a medical checkup and was immediately approached by an elderly woman who recognized me as a Roma player. She said, ‘Hey, you’re a romanista! Forza Roma!’
“I’m sure that an elderly woman would not recognize who I am if I was back in Germany.
“If we lose a game here, or sometimes even when we draw, you realized that everyone is disappointed. The fans expect us to be champions, so it’s impossible to not feel the pressure.
“The Scudetto? Based on the quality we have as a team, that has to be our objective. There’s a good chance for us to win, but it’s still early in the season and a few teams are very close in points.
“We have to compete with Fiorentina, Inter, Napoli and Juventus. In Italy, everyone can beat everyone, which makes it all very exciting.”