At the start of the season, nobody gave them a chance. After three years of rampant underachievement, Roma was expected to take a little more time in its quest to return to the top three spots of Serie A as Rudi Garcia's reign got underway.
The summer sales of Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, Marquinhos and Erik Lamela had even suggested that an assault on the podium was years away, since three of the key members of the former Lille boss' first-team squad had immediately been sold from under him. Garcia was a card shark relieved of most of his aces.
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