Roma Fail to Match Spurs' Record Start of 11 Straight Wins in 1960-61 Season

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVNovember 3, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 03:  Omar El Kaddouri (L) of Torino FC competes with Adem Ljajic of AS Roma during the Serie A match between Torino FC and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on November 3, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Roma's 10-game perfect start to the Serie A season ended with a 1-1 draw at Torino on Sunday, leaving the Italians one win short of a record held by Tottenham's legendary class of 1960-61.

Spurs' famous double-winners, who began that season with 11 straight victories, retain the record for best start to a major European season.

Rudi Garcia's Roma had already broken the Italian league record of eight straight wins to start a campaign, set by Juventus in both the 1930-31 and 1985-86 seasons (and again in 2005-06, though that feat was undermined by the 'Calciopoli' match-fixing scandal)—as per Sports Illustrated.

But their attempt to match the 11 straight wins of Tottenham under the late, great Bill Nicholson, was denied by a stubborn Torino side, who arguably deserved their point on Sunday

As per Vincent Ralph, writing for Here Is The City, that famous Spurs side—which included the likes of Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay—ended their 11-game winning run with a draw against Manchester City in the 12th game of their all-conquering season.

Roma ended theirs a game earlier, but will still be very much considered title contenders in Italy this season.

Perhaps most remarkably, Roma have conceded just twice in 11 games in Serie A—to Parma's Jonathan Biabiany in their third game of the 2013-14 campaign, and then to Torino's Alessio Cerci on Sunday.

Bleacher Report's tactical analyst Sam Tighe believes Garcia's smart implementation of a 4-3-3 formation has underpinned Roma's defensive success this season.

Writes Tighe:

Roma's record-breaking start to the season, which has seen Rudi Garcia's men win each and every one of their first 10 games, has been founded on a spectacularly solid 4-3-3 formation. Miralem Pjanic is the hybrid CM/AMC, a deeper No. 10 if you will, while Daniele De Rossi sweeps up behind Kevin Strootman.

Despite their strong start, however, Roma are only three points clear of both Juventus and Napoli at the top of Serie A—both sides having won nine, drawn once and lost once from their first 11 games in Italy's top flight this season.

Roma beat Napoli 2-0 in October and will travel to face Juventus in January.