5 Reasons Why Roma Won't Win Silverware This Season
Though they have been the side that has looked most likely to knock Juventus from the precipice of Italian football recently, Roma could struggle to win any trophies in 2014-15.
The Giallorossi finished runners-up to Juventus in Serie A last season, and they have progressed to at least the quarter-final stage in the Coppa Italia every year since winning it back to back in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
But while they will be considered contenders in several competitions in the upcoming campaign, it is difficult to see Roma taking home any silverware.
Here are five reasons why.
Juventus Are Still the Kings
The Giallorossi may have finished second in Serie A in 2013-14, but by season's end they trailed Juventus by the massive margin of 17 points.
That is the gap which needs to be closed if Roma, and others, are to compete for the league title, and it is hard to see anyone making such a vast leap.
The one ray of hope may be that Juventus decide to concentrate on European football, rather than focus on winning their fourth straight Scudetto.
But even if that is the case, someone in the trailing pack will have to produce an near-perfect campaign to overhaul the champions.
While the Coppa Italia might offer more of an opportunity for silverware due to the knockout format of the competition, the Bianconeri will start that competition as favourites as well.
Totti Isn't Getting Any Younger
Francesco Totti has been Roma's talisman for so long now that it is hard to remember a time when the club was not heavily reliant on him.
And if the Giallorossi's pre-season was anything to go on, Totti will once again be the side's most influential attacking player.
This is somewhat worrisome when you consider the legendary No. 10 is now 37 years old.
While his skills remain as honed as ever, Totti's ageing legs can no longer be counted on to carry him through 90 minutes of every game of a long season.
The Roma captain managed 20 starts in 2013-14, and he was subbed off on 14 of those occasions. His participation levels will surely drop off even further in the upcoming campaign, meaning the Giallorossi will have to find a way to win without their main man.
Inter, Napoli and Fiorentina Have Strong Squads
Roma may have been the second best Italian side last season, but there are a group of teams who are looking in good shape to overhaul them this time around.
Inter have a fresh look about them and, with Walter Mazzarri entering his second year in charge, should hit the ground running.
Lack of Firepower Up Front
Though there is considerable talent among Roma's posse of attacking players, it does seem they are lacking a genuinely world-class goalscorer.
As mentioned, Totti is still capable of brilliance, but he cannot be depended on to score more than 20 goals as he did in his younger days.
Mattia Destro is the closest the Giallorossi have to a target man, and while he managed 13 Serie A goals last campaign, he will need to take his game up another level if Roma are going to be in the running for trophies at season's end.
Those in the support cast such as Gervinho, Juan Iturbe, Adem Ljajic and Marco Borriello can contribute a handful of goals, but they are not quite as fearsome as some of the other strikers in Serie A, at least at this point of their respective careers.
Roma Are Not Ready to Win the Champions League
While Roma fans will be delighted to see their side in the Champions League this season, there is little chance of the team going all the way in the world's most prestigious club competition.
Roma will be seeded in pot three or four, meaning they are sure to come up against at least one of European football's powerhouse clubs in the group stage.
Domestic football will be the club's best chance of silverware.