If Roma beat champions Juventus on Sunday night it could signify the start of a new era of dominance from the Italian side.
A win would severely dent the Old Lady’s chances of breaking the 100 point barrier and would be the perfect way to respond after last weekend’s abysmal showing in the 4-1 defeat to lowly Catania.
Rudi Garcia’s team will finish as runners-up but a win would be the perfect tonic for missing out on the title and give them the confidence and belief to usurp their rivals next campaign.
Juventus’ current dominance may seem impossible to overturn, with the club having just waltzed to a third consecutive title but with shrewd summer investment, Roma could rise to be the leading superpower in Serie A and Italian football as a whole.
Their chances of victory at the weekend has been bolstered by the return of top goalscorer Mattia Destro who has missed the previous four games through suspension after punching a Cagliari player last month.
Keeping Destro will be crucial for their title credentials next season – with the Italian forward linked with Premier League club Arsenal.
They will also face a struggle to keep Miralem Pjanic, who could choose to leave the Stadio Olympico for a new challenge after starring this term.
The future of veteran Francesco Totti also needs clarification. Totti has rolled back the years and remains a key lynchpin of the side but had hinted last summer that this year at the club would be his last.
It would be a shame to see Totti go without adding to his one Scudetto title won under Fabio Capello in 2001. Rumours have encircled that he may perform a U-turn on his international retirement to represent Italy, but whether they have any substance remains to be seen.
The Italian forward spoke out ahead of the clash by stating his belief that Roma are not too far off knocking Juventus from their perch.
“We all know the campaign is over, but this is never a game like the others,” he told Italian broadcaster Rai Sport in an interview that was quoted by Goal.com.
“We will face them with the right spirit and determination to show that Juventus are not much better than we are.
“There is not much more I can say other than to congratulate Juventus on their title victory.”
Though this season is yet to finish, the destination of next year’s Scudetto could become a lot clearer come Sunday evening.
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