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AS Roma on course for Champions League

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Sitting top of the Italian table and still unbeaten after 13 league games, Rudi Garcia's men are looking in fine form for Champions League football next season.

The side sitting second in Serie A have won 10 of their last 13 games, but have drawn three games on the trot, letting Juventus go ahead of them in the league, but no one can fault their quality and how quickly they've adapted to their new squad.

The Rome side have brought in 16 fresh faces since the start of the transfer window, including the likes of Gervinho, Kevin Strootman and Manchester City defender Maicon. But with players coming in, a number of faces have left the club, a total of 31 players leaving in total.

So it looked like Garcia has had a lot of work to do, to try and blend this completely new squad together in order to gain some results. But their first game of the season Roma won 2-0 away to Livorno, followed by a 3-0 victory at home to Hellas Verona. Garcia's men would make it five wins on the bounce in the league and were gaining some recognition.

Things were looking good, and they got better when Roma beat rivals Lazio at home 2-0 in the Derby della Capitale before facing Inter Milan and Napoli, and grabbing consecutive wins, beating Inter 3-0 at the San Siro followed by a 2-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico.

At this point Roma had only conceded one goal, and scored 22. The form continued, and it looked like it wasn't going to stop, but recently, Roma drew away to Torino 1-1, ending their 100 per cent record, then the next week conceded a very late goal at home to Sassuolo to miss out on two extra points.

Garcia's men looked shaky and in their most recent game on Monday night against Cagliari ended in a 0-0 draw, 19 chances were created by the home team, but none were scored, Gervinho hit the post with a header, Cagliari's goal keeper Vlada Avramov gave a world class performance, and Rudi Garcia was sent to the stand. Was this the turning point in their season?

It was the first time this season that Roma were knocked off the top spot, for the team looked lack luster, and getting to the closing stages of the game a number of players had their hands on their hips and crouched on the ground, gasping for air, a sense they had giving all they could, only to seal a point.

Roma have to turn this around, as Garcia has key games coming up in December, matches against AC Milan and Fiorentina, encounters which will prove whether they have the strength to compete for the title.

For come the first match of new year Garcia's men take on top of the table Juventus, in a tasty encounter at the Juventus Stadium.

But with the squad the French manager has, he isn't short of options as Mattia Destro has returned from injury, Florenzi is looking in good form and he has captain Danielle De Rossi in the heart of his midfield, as the Roma veteran is a key successor to their season.

They have the ability to make it into the European tournament, they just need the mental composure to see off the competition, and a few wise words from their captain and manager to see them through the tough periods ahead.

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