Can Totti lead Roma to Serie 'A' success in 2013/14?

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Recently, the red side of Rome has fallen out of contention for the top places in the Serie A, with the last three finishes being two sixth place finishes and one seventh.  

However, this year could see the return of greatness that was shown briefly between 2005 and 2008, capturing a second place finish, or even better again.

Roma is a team who sport one of the most famous and recognisable Italian forwards in Francesco Totti, who has stayed at the club, throughout his entire career.  

With him recently stating that this will be his last season with the Rome club, as he intends to retire, could he captain the team to a title challenge in his final season?  

Rudi Garcia has showed ambition and intelligence in his signings this summer both buying, and keeping much needed players to the squad. Garcia hasn't been shrewd in his spending, but has spent only the minimum amount needed, and has also picked up a few players on free transfers.  

The most notable names he has brought in include a rejected Maicon from Manchester City, out of favour Gervinho from Arsenal, highly wanted Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina, Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia, and very impressively PSV Eindhoven's young star Kevin Strootman, who was stolen away from Premier League champions Manchester United.  

All these signings show promise that this year could lean in Roma's favour, filling in all the necessary gaps in the current squad.

Big-name players have been taken from the club this summer though, especially winger Erik Lamela, Dutch shot stopper Maarten Stekelenburg, and striker Pablo Osvaldo, who topped Roma's scoring charts last season.  

Even though they are big losses for the club, Garcia has been clever and replaced them quickly with Ljajic for Lamela, Mattia Destro for Osvaldo, and De Sanctis for Stekelenburg.


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