Eight wonder! Symphony nr 8 served! Welcome to Rudi Garcia’s ottovolante (Italian term for roller coaster that forms the shape of an “8” in the air).
In the last couple of days journalists used their fantasy to celebrate the eight consecutive victories of Roma that has passed also the difficult exam with Napoli. In other words, such a long winning streak, has always meant Scudetto at the end of the season. Many Supporters of Roma don’t want to hear this analogy. Justified scaramanzia.
But what happened in the past, after comparable winning streaks?
1930 - 1931. Juventus started the season with 8 consecutive victories before the home stop with Napoli (1-2). Despite a season-long pursuit by Roma, the team of Turin won the title. The first of 5 consecutive league titles in the 30s! The backbone of the team was the same (Combi, Rosetta, Ferrari, Caligaris, Orsi) that will win the 1934 Coppa Rimet.
1985 - 1986. Juventus guided by Michel Platini did an impressive acceleration in the first part of the season. 8 victories in a row. At the end of the first round Juve collected the incredible result of 26 points out of 30 available! As in 1930, it was always Napoli to stop the trend with a perfect free kick of Maradona (1-0 at the San Paolo). Even in this case, Roma after an unbelievable chase, lost the title in favor of Juventus, due to one of the most terrible defeats of the giallorossi’ s history (2-3 against Lecce already relegated in second division)
2005 – 2006. At the beginning of the season, Fabio Capello at the helm of the battleship Juventus racked up 9 wins in a row. However this record was deleted by the sentence of Calciopoli, that nullified the results of the season. In that same season Roma reached a sequence of 11 consecutive victories (arecord at that time, beaten the following season by Roberto Mancini’s Inter, with 17, obtained halfway through the season) but the final result was only a 5th place (then changed to 2nd place after the Calciopoli trial).
A careful reader will have certainly noticed that:
- Juventus always capped its incredible start with the Scudetto at the end
- Roma often lost the title at the end of the season after a frustrating chase of the opponent
- Napoli often acted as “the unwanted third part”.
Destiny seems to have changed. Roma is now the fox to be caught. An unsuccessful hunt hope Roma fans…
Thanks to our reviewer John Cavenaghi