Roma enter the 2022/23 season as bookmakers’ favourites side to finish fourth and reclaim a spot in Europe’s premier competition.
The Giallorossi finished the season as Europa Conference League champions in what was their first European final in 31 years.
Although they finished just a point higher than in the previous season under Paulo Fonseca, José Mourinho has given Roma a much-needed identity built on winning.
Expectations for his side are higher than ever this season and with numerous statement signings being made this off-season, the Roman outfit could be a real threat in Serie A this season. Here is our Roma season preview for 2022/23, and you can also read our full Serie A 2022/23 season preview here.
Roma begin their fixtures away to Salernitana on August 14 before returning home to face newly-promoted side Cremonese. The Giallorossi travel to Turin the following week to face off against Juventus in what will be one of the most anticipated games at the start of the season.
They play away to Inter Milan at the start of October and will then welcome Napoli to the Stadio Olimpico three weeks later.
Their first encounter with cross-city rivals Lazio is at the beginning of November and the two sides will play next on March 19.
Roma face Torino in the last match of 2022 and then start the new year against Bologna before playing AC Milan away just four days later.
The Coppa Italia round of 16 will take place on January 11 and Roma’s opposition will likely be one of Empoli or Genoa.
Mourinho’s men have an intriguing end of the season as they play Atalanta (A), AC Milan (H), Monza (A), Inter (H), Bologna (A), Salernitana (H), Fiorentina (A) and Spezia (H) in their last eight games.
Mourinho has always had a reputation of managing the best squads in club football and giving his squads an identity built around winning titles.
The Portuguese was given a new challenge in helping Roma build back their image and he has managed to do just that in his first season with the club.
Roma may have finished just a point higher than last season under Fonseca, but there is renewed ambition at the club both on and off the field and Mourinho has been at the centre of it all.
The Giallorossi won their first European trophy in club history under Mourinho’s leadership and he will need to do even more in the upcoming season for them to progress further in Serie A and the Europa League.
Roma have had a statement transfer window so far as numerous big-name signings have been brought in without letting any star players go, which has been a common trend in the past.
After numerous reports of Paulo Dybala being expected to join Inter Milan, the Argentine decided to make the switch to the Italian capital after becoming impatient with the Nerazzurri management.
The 28-year-old arrives on a free transfer from Juventus and will be eager to prove himself after struggling to find consistency in recent seasons.
Roma added some much-needed depth by bringing in Lille right-back Zeki Celik for €7 million and signing Manchester United free agent Nemanja Matić, who has worked with Mourinho previously at Chelsea and Old Trafford.
Goalkeeping duo Pau López and Robin Olsen have both been sold and replaced by promising Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who will be behind Rui Patrício in the pecking order.
Cengiz Ünder and Alessandro Florenzi made their loan moves to Marseille and AC Milan permanent while Henrikh Mkhitaryan left on a free transfer to join Inter.
Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to join from Paris Saint Germain on a loan-to-buy deal and Andrea Belotti will sign a three-year deal after leaving Torino this summer.
Tammy Abraham arrived from Stamford Bridge for £34m last season and has become Roma’s most important player within the space of a season.
The 24-year-old striker amassed 27 goals and five assists across 53 matches last season and finished joint-third in the Serie A scoring race with 17 goals.
He played an integral part in Roma’s Conference League campaign and has since been linked with a potential move back to the Premier League.
Roma will do everything in their power to keep Abraham for as long as they can but the Englishman has refused to rule out an eventual return to his home country.
Considering the upgrades made in Roma’s attack this offseason, Abraham is expected to build on the success from his debut season and score at least 30 goals across all competitions this season.
Mourinho did an incredible job to win the Conference League last season and help the club reach the Europa League but expectations will be even higher this year.
Roma look to be one of the most improved sides in Serie A this summer and should focus primarily on securing Champions League football for the following campaign.
Mourinho’s desire to win could be a double-edged blade as he will surely try to progress as far as possible in the Europa League and doing so could negatively impact their domestic form as we have seen with numerous teams in the past.
Needless to say that Roma are one of the most exciting teams to keep an eye on this season and we expect them to end their soon-to-be four-year drought of Champions League football.
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