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2018/19 Results: 6th in Serie A, Coppa Italia quarter-finalists, Champions League Last-16

Nickname: I Giallorossi          Stadium: Stadio Olimpico      Capacity: 70,634

Star player: Nicolò Zaniolo (£1.75)

At 20 years old, Nicolò Zaniolo has already proven that he is a star. The only difficulty that Roma have right now is hanging on to him. With rumours of interest from both Tottenham in the Premier League and Juventus at home, it’s clear that the club have a fight on their hands to keep hold of a player that has already displayed confidence and independence.

At the beginning of the transfer window, the player’s father lamented the club’s internal issues that prevented them from making a call to his son in order to discuss the future. However with new sporting director Gianluca Petrachi now installed, it’s clear the club want him to stay.

“What I can say is that today Zaniolo is not on the market,” the executive revealed in a recent press conference. “We evaluate everything, but must also be clear.”

 

Key signing: Amadou Diawara (£0.55)

 

During the last few seasons, fans of Serie A have been puzzled as to why talented midfielder Amadou Diawara has failed to secure more playing time at Napoli. As new boss Carlo Ancelotti was appointed last season, it was hoped that this would change, however the 21-year-old made just eight domestic starts in 2018/19.

Now, having joined Roma as part of the deal that saw Kostas Manolas make the move to Naples, the youngster can look forward to a leading role in the Giallorossi midfield. Former Captain Daniele De Rossi has left a large hole in the centre of the park, one that the Guinea international will be hoping he can fill.

The Coach: Paulo Fonseca

After a disastrous start to the season from former Coach Eusebio Di Francesco last term, Claudio Ranieri steadied the ship as he finished the campaign as interim boss. This season, Roma have gone in an entirely different direction as they have appointed former Shakhtar Donetsk man Paulo Fonseca to take the side forward.

This will be no easy task for a man who has never taken charge of an Italian side before, and it remains to be seen whether he has the skill and tenacity to pull it off among notoriously high expectations.

“First of all I’m more experienced now,” the Potuguese told Roma TV. “It was a great experience in Ukraine, we had big success at Shakhtar and I feel this is a different challenge.

“Italian football is a different world to Ukraine, but I’m ready to start work and pass my ideas with more experience but also with big motivation.”

2019/20 Target: Top Four

Expect another season of struggle for the capital club, as the shockwaves from multiple player sales, controversy and mismanagement are still being felt. This team needs a complete overhaul, and this task is expected to take some time before they can be title contenders once more.

Having said that, their signings have been impressive so far during the transfer window, and Fonseca could just spring a surprise in Serie A if he can immediately make the new arrivals click.

 

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About Author

Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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