The Amazing Race

After losing to Juve, and Genoa beating Udinese the day after, Roma are now five points off the pace for that coveted fourth place (and three behind Viola) which grants a CL qualification play-off against substandard opponent yet to be determined. All speculation about what would happen in terms of players moving in/out if Roma misses out on fourth place aside, here are some news in short regarding the chase for the genovesi.

  • Gilardino misses two weeks for Fiorentina. But don't get excited just yet, here are two things you need to take into consideration: with the break for national team football, and if his healing goes according to plans, he could potentially be back already for the next serie A game (Atalanta in Bergamo). Secondly, it's not that big a deal even if he would miss some games: La Gazzetta dello Sport has his average rating for the past five games down as a mediocre 5.6, with just one goal against a weak edition of Chievo. His autumn form? Long gone.
  • RomaNews.eu has written what could be the world's biggest jinxing article, pointing out that with the exception for Cicinho, everyone of our players will be back in two weeks when serie A picks up again. We'll see how that goes.
  • Noted romanista Serse Cosmi does as everyone else and ignored the creed that Roma is to be loved and not discussed, as he offers his opinion on Roma after this weekend. Says Cosmi, among other things, that the result against Juve in part can be explained by the injury and suspensions list of biblical length, and that 'Roma only had two players of high quality on the pitch, Vucinic and Mexès'. He also says that Roma can jump Genoa when they recover all the starters missing on Saturday, as Roma is fundamentally stronger than its competition, and finally reserves some harsh (but fair, ultimately) words for Julio Baptista. Link to the article is here.