Roma have enjoyed a recent renaissance under new coach Rudi Garcia. The Giallorossi are currently in seventh heaven after a dream start to the season: undefeated in seven consecutive games and currently sit at the top of the league table on 21 points.
Napoli, meanwhile, have also had a fantastic start to the season, also under a new coach, former Chelsea and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard’s last term in Serie A ended on a sour note when he was dismissed by Inter’s management midway through the season, but he now appears to be enjoying his second time on the peninsula, having guided the Partenopei to an undefeated start so far as well.
Whilst Lamela broke Spurs transfer record for the third time in the summer the jury out with the 21-year-old. This is not because he is a bad signing. Nicknamed ‘Coco’ by his friends, he has a respectable record in Argentina and Italy with twenty-three goals in ninety-eight appearances from his days at River Plate and Roma.
The bemusement is with his new club, flashing almost £30m on a player who fails to strike regular starts in the first XI. The international has been subject to guest appearances within the last ten-fifteen minutes of games in the league whilst notably featuring behind Jermain Defoe in Tottenham's cup competitions.
Preview: Roma looking to maintain winning streak at the expense of Inter
The arrival of Rudi Garcia has revived La Maggica who have won six out of six in the league so far maintaining a 100 percent win record. The departures of key players including Erik Lamela, Marquinhos and Pablo Osvaldo has not affected Garcia’s side who have invested the money wisely on new players.
Adem Ljajic and Gervinho who were signed from Fiorentina and Arsenal respectively have scored three goals apiece so far. Roma’s other high profile capture Kevin Strootman has also seamlessly adjusted into his new side and has notched up three assists in the league so far.
Preview: More routine red cards as Roma aim to humble their rivals?
It is all well with the Giallorossi so far. They have picked up maximum points since the start of the league in August. Their three-out-of-three run started in Livorno thanks to goals from De Rossi and Florenzi.
On Matchday 2, Roma trampled over newcomers Hellas Verona, showing Matchday 1 victims Milan how it must be done to tackle the tricky Gialloblu. 3-0 was the score line as Miralem Pjanic and Adem Ljajic became the third and fourth different goalscorers respectively for Roma in the Serie A. The first strike in this victory was an own-goal by Cacciatore.
Preview: Rudi Garcia ambitious ahead of the 2013/14 Italian Serie A campaign
The game would be the 18th MLS All-Stars game and this time around, the best in MLS will take on Giallorossi. Sporting Park in Kansas City, home of Kansas City Wizards is the location for a match that promises a lot of goals.Rudi Garcia’s men would be the first Serie A side to take on All-Stars with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton playing the All-Star games in recent years. So far, Roma have played just one preseason game which was a 2-1 win over Greek side Aris last Friday.
The Roman adventure has begun for Rudi Garcia. The former Lille manager has taken the reins of the capital club and would be hoping that he does not suffer the same fate as his predecessors who in the last few seasons, have seen their reputations tarnished, thanks to the gigantic challenges coaching a club like Roma presents.
However, if he manages to sort out a few issues and makes sure he does a few things right, there is no question that he would not do well in the managerial hot-seat.
Putting a smile on Daniele De Rossi’s face
If there is one player who has been in the eye of the storm for a long time, it has to be Daniele De Rossi. The midfielder has been feeling disenchanted by his club.
Bezsonov won this award for USSR; the Soviet Union were crowned champions that year. He went on to live up to his billing, winning the Ukrainian player of the year award three times. He featured in three World Cups. He won every club honor on offer with Dynamo Kiev and went on to finish finalist in the Euros with his country in…
Miami Beach, Florida (May 24, 2013) – The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will be the platform for Sunday’s 2013 Coppa Italia final. Roma and Lazio are the two teams contesting it, having outclassed giants on the road. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) is here to help you find out where to watch Roma vs Lazio live on Sunday, May 26, 2013
Fiorentina appeared to be the Giallorossi’s toughest challengers as it required an extra-time goal from Destro to separate both sides in the quarter-finals. This was the player’s second goal in the Coppa Italia after helping Roma to a 3-0 win over Atalanta in the Last 16. Destro was on target thrice as his side sent Internazionale packing thanks to a 5-3 aggregate triumph over Internazionale in the semi-finals.
AC Milan will be hoping to secure themselves of third place of the Serie A and a place in next season's UEFA Champions League when they take on Roma at the San Siro on Sunday.
The Rossoneri have been in fine form in recent weeks, with three successive victories, and will be looking to make it four in a row at home against the Giallorossi.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 10, 2013) – Five matches headline beIN Sports’ packed three-day action dominated by the Italian Serie A, the Spanish La Liga and the Championship. Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion kick starts the party at 14:45 EST on Friday to make way for more entertainment on May 11 and May 12. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) breaks down beIN Sport USA and beIN Sport en Español’s live TV listings for you.
La Vecchia Signora cannot stop winning, even after clinching the Scudetto. Fresh from the 1-0 win away to Atalanta, Juve return to their stadium looking to thrill the home crowd again. Watch Juventus vs Cagliari live from 12:00pm EST / 16:00 GMT / 18:00 CET on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Miami Beach, Florida (April 15, 2013) – UK viewers can gear up to watch Inter vs Roma live on Wednesday, April 17. This 2013 Coppa Italia semi-final clash will not air on television in Canada and in the United States, LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) can confirm. Our extensive live stream and TV schedules list however includes the Al Jazeera Sports network, RAI Sport 1 and a few Asian channels like SKY PerfecTV LIVE in Japan.
There is one word that Andrea Stramaccioni has associated with Internazionale’s current campaign and it is ‘curse’. The young manager is certain that the club is going through a dark spell with the amount of injuries and controversial decision from which they regularly suffer.
Inter Milan and Roma, two of Italy's biggest clubs, face-off in what promises to be a hotly-contested Coppa Italia semi-final second leg at the San Siro on Wednesday.
Roma head into the clash with a 2-1 advantage from the opening leg at the Stadio Olimpico, and will be totally focused on securing passage into the final of the competition.
If Roma manage…
Wesley Sneijder is out of this one after being substituted in the first half against Estonia. The Schalke duo of Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay are both out of this one.
There is no doubt about this; the Dutch are indeed flying. Van Gaal’s team blew past Estonia 3-0 despite missing some individuals due…
1) Lionel Messi has played approximately 790 minutes of normal time against Italian teams in his career so far, whereas Ronaldo has played a bit more than 1020 minutes up to now.
2) Messi and Ronaldo both faced Italian teams for the first time in the Champions League in 2005. Although he did not score a goal or made an assist, the then-Barcelona starlet enjoyed a 4-1 win over Udinese; while the Manchester United performer underwent a 1-0 loss against Milan, with only 1 shot in the game. Both players were substituted in their respective games minutes after the hour mark.
3) Messi’s first goal against an Italian team came in his sixth meeting, when he entered the scoring sheet against AC Milan on 23 November 2011. More impressively though, Ronaldo’s first goal against an Italian team came in his fourth meeting—against AS Roma on 10 April 2007. The Portuguese star scored a double in that game, as Manchester United won 7-1.
Juventus have the opportunity to go eight points clear at the top of the Serie A when they meet Roma in what has the potential to be a cracking encounter on Saturday.
The Bianconeri come into the clash as the firm favourites to claim the three points, as not only did they crush Roma 4-1 earlier in the season, but they have won the last three tussles between…
Miami Beach, Florida (February 15, 2013) – Your beIN Sport TV guide is ready to print out thanks to Live Soccer TV. Watch four Italian Serie A and three Spanish La Liga matches among beIN Sport USA’s eight live fixtures between February 15 and February 18, 2013. Milan vs Parma, scheduled for Friday night, kick-starts this packed weekend of action.
Middlesbrough’s away clash against Crystal Palace makes it as beIN Sport USA’s Championship match of the week. Granada, who recorded a historic 1-0 victory over Real Madrid two weeks ago courtesy a Cristiano Ronaldo own goal, will host Barcelona. Could we witness another giant killing? Granada vs Barcelona will get underway at 14:00 EST on Saturday, February 16.
Villa was unhappy at Barcelona while Arsenal needed a great striker. All in all, Villa and Arsenal would be a match made in Heaven. However, Barcelona decided to step in. The Catalan club decided that they needed Villa to stay on for squad depth. The price tag for Villa was high too and Arsene Wenger, as we all…
Their league encounter on Sunday ended in a 1-1 draw. Roma took an early through Totti but Inter equalised through Palacio.
Both teams played attacking football but were clueless in front of goal. However, Wednesday's match could be different.
Giallorossi will be without Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Taddie because of suspension. Defender Balzaretti and striker Pablo Osvaldo missed training and are doubts for this cup match. Daniel De Rossi picked up a muscle injury on Sunday and he will miss the first-leg.
Anotnio Cassano is still a doubt for the game, while Stankovic and Walter Samuel are injured for Inter Milan.