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For almost as long as anyone can remember, Totti's been shouldering the weight of expectation and the heavy burden of disappointment that often spills over from the stands onto the players.
But now, Roma has a team full of stars, and if one of them doesn't shine as brightly as was hoped, a barrage of criticism will be inevitable. The Giallorossi can't allow it to derail their season.
Dealing with the pressure from fans after an underwhelming performance is all part of being a top club, and if Roma want to be Serie A contenders and Champions League regulars, they'll have to deal with it.
High-profile, expensive additions to the squad this summer, especially the young Juan Iturbe, will be closely watched and keenly criticised, and the club will need to make sure that they've got the support to be able to shake it off and continue regardless.
Fans and the media, for their part, need to maintain a long-term perspective—something that has always been a problem where Roma's been concerned.
Yes, they're title contenders, and yes, the squad is full of talent, but this team still needs to develop and there's definitely room to improve. They need to be allowed to do so.
Colin O'Brien lives and works in Rome, covering Italian football. You can contact him on Twitter.