The city that managed to conquer the world is unable to renew the last scudetto that the team that bears its name won in 2001 despite the effort, the emotional ordeal and the fortune that has been left along the way (close to 1,000 million). Dreaming was never free. But the price here is not only measured in euros.
The club has an extraordinary fans; It has signed some of the best players in recent years, was the home of the most brilliant Italian footballer of the 21st century and has been able to knock down teams like Barça in a quarter-final. The global count since that scudetto that Rome held for six months – Totti admitted one day that until Christmas he was going to a commemorative party every weekend – is two Italian Cups and one Super Cup. The same as Zaragoza in Spain.
The statistical pattern that deciphers the last alegrías —the scudetti of 1982-83 and 2000-01— would indicate that the advent of the new title should be near. In 2010 it almost happened, but they screwed up with Sampdoria with three games left and it ended up in the hands of Inter de Mourinho. After that, every summer, when the lights of Trigoria come on, it seems to be falling. But the reality is that there are few clear indications, other than that the Franklin family, the American family that bought it this year, wants to invest and build the new stadium once and for all.
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Since they arrived they have not missed a single meeting. And the club is talking these days about the possible arrival of Massimiliano Allegri, a coach who never steps into a booth in vain. For now, it's time to swallow dust. They beat Genoa 1-0 yesterday and are fourth awaiting Atalanta's game against Inter Milan today.
Roma bought some of the best players in recent markets. But he preferred the box and the positive balances at the end of the season to placing that talent in an orderly manner on the field. If he had not shed all the silverware, like an old ruined family – paying Totti's token was never easy – today he would have one of the best trousseau in Europe: Alisson, Marquinhos, Pjanic, Benatia, Salah … The club he knew how to spend for a while, but even there he did not get rid of the jinx. When they brought in Monchi, the European bargain wizard, in 2017, they didn't give one. Kluivert, N'Zonzi, Pastore arrived… The Sevillian lasted two years and discreetly returned home . The following year, to a new Romanist bewilderment, he did magic again at Sevilla.
“Roma is not discussed, it is loved,” says Antonio Venditti's anthem. Matter of faith, not of score. And that's how things are. The Giallorsossi are today, together with Hertha Berlin (and Lazio, of course), the only club from a major European capital that has not been able to compete with the greats in the last two decades. Why? Fabio Capello, mastermind of the last scudetto , used to say that there were too many radios dedicated to Roma in the city. Some broadcast 24-hour information and entertainment for tifosi , turned into couch meat. The "not discussed" transforms each defeat and each victory in the last step. And coaches, that's what Capello was referring to, suffer from that volatile collective mood. But also the players.
Gianluigi Buffon always says that one of the secrets of Juventus is that he, or any other player, can have a coffee at a table in a Turin bar and read the newspaper without being interrupted by anyone . In Rome, on the other hand, it is impossible even for the third goalkeeper of the team. Francesco Totti was once asked what his dream was: “Go to the supermarket and take a walk along Via del Corso”. Perhaps it would have been the cheapest that Roma has had.