The AS Roma history is exciting and engaging but there’s an unfortunate trend that Di Francesco must try to stop. The club was a runner-up 9 times since its last Serie A triumph.
It’s still in our memory when in the 2000-01 season a marvelous and competitive Roma wisely led by the super manager of champions Fabio Capello reached the long awaited Serie A title. A team made of great players with strong personalities. However, what seemed to be a pivotal moment for the Giallorossi has, instead, triggered an unfortunate trend.
Since that amazing moment, Roma ended up as a runner-up 9 times.
Several coaches led the Giallorossi to reach the second position in the Serie A and albeit that prestigious position in the standings allowed the Lupi to participate in the Champions League cashing in millions of euros, the fans are hoping that the club will be able to change the route for the better.
The season after Fabio Capello won the Scudetto the same coach was not able to double the triumph. I am talking about the 2001-02 season when the Giallorossi collected 70 points but didn’t reach the glory. Two years after (2003-04) Capello led Roma to the second place in the standings as well (71 points).
Luciano Spalletti’s first era in Rome confirmed the unfortunate trend. The Tuscan coach centered the second position in the Italian league in 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 respectively collecting 69, 75, and 82 points.
In the season 2009-10, the Roma coach from Testaccio Claudio Ranieri led his beloved team to the second place in the standings as well. After a marvelous and exciting second part of the season, Roma suffered a burning home defeat against Sampdoria, that unfortunate day destroyed the fans’ dreams. Ranieri, disappointed, left the club after having collected 80 points.
In the season 2013-14 and 2014-15, Rudi Garcia, a French coach who landed in Rome after having won a historic League 1 title with Lille, centered the second position two times in a row. Even the Frenchman has not been able to interrupt the negative trend, a kind of curse that struck the team. In the two years as a AS Roma coach, Garcia collected 85 and 72 points. In his first season in the capital of Italy Roma’s stats were astonishing (26W, 7D, 5L), 72 goals scored and 25 suffered. Nothing to do, the victory did not come!
Luciano Spalletti’s era 2.0 was not extremely fortunate. Although thanks to his tactical and technical knowledge the Tuscan coach shaped an efficient and exciting team, Roma ended up as a runner-up once more in the 2016-17 season. 90 goals scored and 38 conceded; 28 games won, 3 tied, 7 defeats; +52 in goal difference; 87 points collected…Even with these incredible numbers, the club failed to dispel its curse.
The new AS Roma Italian coach Eusebio Di Francesco has a very difficult task to accomplish. The AS Roma fans ask him the Scudetto.
Will he be able to reach the glory with his beloved team? Time will tell us.