Milan - AS Roma have been presented with an excellent chance
to end their poor recent run against Juventus when the two meet on the Sunday
with the titleholders still caught in a rebuilding process.
Juventus and Roma have finished first and second in Serie A
in each of the last two seasons and meetings between the two during that time
have been dominated by the Turin side.
Juve, Serie A champions for the last four seasons, took six
points off Roma two seasons ago and four points last season as they ran away
with the title.
Now, the fixture list has pitted them against each other in
only the second match day of the season and, with Juventus still under
construction after an eventful summer, the odds appear to be stacked in favour
of Rudi Garcia's Roma, who host the match at the Stadio Olimpico.
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Juventus, who saw veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo, topscorer
Carlos Tevez and midfield dynamo Arturo Vidal all leave during the summer, were
disjointed and lacked their usual vitality as they slumped 1-0 at home to
Udinese last Sunday.
Italian commentators were quick to get out their history
books and point out that there have only been four seasons in the past a team
has recovered from an opening day defeat to go on and win the title.
Juventus have kept the core of their team together over the
last four seasons and merely tweaked the team during the transfer window, but
this summer they have gone for a full-blown overhaul.
Although the season has already started, the transfer
rumours are still swirling around. Colombia forward Juan Cuadrado was signed
this week and the club are still reported to be chasing Schalke 04 midfielder
"Everyone needs patience, as it is a transitional year,
but that doesn't mean we've lost before we begin," said defender Leonardo
Bonucci. "There are many young players here and we have to put them in the
best condition to do well."
Unlike Juventus, Roma have kept the core of their side from
last season and brought in Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko to bring in some added
flair and firepower.
Even so, their most impressive debutant in last week's 1-1
draw at Verona was goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
"It will be interesting it see that when we play them
next weekend. They've lost some top-quality players in Pirlo, Tevez and Vidal
but they've also signed some fantastic talents," said Roma coach Rudi
"They, like us, have work to do if they want to improve
and exploit their squad's full potential."For
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