Francesco Totti believes Roma can still overtake Juventus and win a first league title since 2001, despite being nine points adrift of the leaders.
The Giallorossi looked set to end their wait for the Scudetto last season when they won their opening ten matches, and they remained unbeaten until they lost to the Bianconeri in January. This allowed Antonio Conte’s men to assume control of the Serie A table, and they maintained this position until the end of the campaign when they boasted a 17-point cushion over the capital side.
Now coached by Massimiliano Allegri, Juve are again in pole position to clinch a fourth successive title as they head the Serie A standings by nine points. Roma, who have won just one of their last seven matches, hope to cut this lead down to six points when the two sides meet at the Stadio Olimpico, and Totti believes such a result can reignite their bid for a first title in 14 years.
“We are convinced that we can get back on track in the league, reopening the title race which people are already claiming is over,” he wrote in his Corriere dello Sport column. “We are preparing well for this match. We have not had a great victory at the Olimpico in a long time, so it would be nice to see the fans in celebration, rejoicing with us. These last few weeks have not been easy, we are so sorry to have disappointed the supporters, but I’m confident and I think the worst is over. We have a good, united group. There is still time left this season and many matches to play.”