Coach Rudi Garcia has again sounded a rallying cry, declaring that his charges must do better in the final third and reverse the downward trend of results. It has been rumoured during the build-up to Thursday night's home leg that Roma will field a trident of Gervinho, Francesco Totti and Adem Ljajic, and this could offer the Giallorossi a chance to rekindle a successful forward line. Last season and the beginning of this campaign saw Totti and Gervinho link up extremely well. It is no coincidence that Totti's best form has deserted him over the last few weeks without Gervinho, who was occupied at the African Cup of Nations. The club will be hoping the duo's first game together in weeks will bring about an instant turnaround in fortunes.
It has been well documented that Roma are going through a disastrous period of form since the turn of the year. Drawing five of the last six Serie A games has seriously undermined the Lupi's Scudetto challenge and, after limping out of the Coppa Italia to Fiorentina earlie赌场注册r this month, that leaves the Europa League as arguably the only trophy still in reach. That said, if the Giallorossi still have designs on overthrowing Juventus at the summit, then the next four games in all competitions are vital to shaping what objectives are left to fight for.
Roma face Juventus on March 2nd, in what represents probably their last chance to stay in the title race. A win would cut the Bianconeri's lead to a maximum four points – provided Roma beat Verona this weekend. However all the attention is now focused squarely on the challenge represented by Dutch side Feyenoord in the Europa League Last 32. It was posited in these pages in December that a long run in the Europa League could ultimately benefit the Capital outfit駅足球论坛;s future European seeding. It was also argued the Lupi had drawn relatively modest opponents in Feyenoord for the last 32. However, much trepidation now surrounds this fixture, considering Roma’s intermittent form, and a worrying failure to turn draws in to wins.
Four games in 12 days will surely shape the Giallorossi's destiny this season. The worst case scenario could see Roma exit the Europa League over two legs and cede defeat to Juventus in the title race, by failing to beat 博彩网投their bitter rivals on March 2nd. The best case scenario could see Roma use the grind of multiple matches to rediscover early season form, advance in the Europa League and overcome Juventus at the Olimpico to drastically reduce the gap at the top keeping the club's dream of a fourth Scudetto in tact. All Romanisti will desperately be hoping the latter scenario unfolds after a fortnight.
Feyenoord, meanwhile are a massive 20 points behind leaders PSV in the Eredivisie table, it is therefore up to Roma to get back on track and a win in the first leg would set them up nicely for what could prove to be a tricky trip to Rotterdam next week. If Roma are eliminated from the Europa League then rumours of a summer parting of the ways between Garcia and the club will only intensify.