AS Roma could strengthen their position as Serie A title challengers as they visit table leaders Juventus.
Second-placed Roma, who just came off a morale-boosting victory over Milan, will visit the Bianconeri this Saturday. Their fifth successive home win had moved them up to 35 points from 16 games, with Milan three points behind them after their first defeat in six matches.
Roma’s home form, certainly, looks imposing –11 straight wins at the Stadio Olimpico dating back to last season – but they must take on Juventus in Turin, and defeat will not be an option.
Still, they have an advantage in Edin Dzeko, who hasn’t had any problems scoring this seaon. The Bosnia-Herzegovina forward has already bagged 12 goals in Serie A — four more than he netted in 31 appearances in his debut campaign.
His performance thus far even drew praise from Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon – the shot-stopper tasked with the duty of keeping Dzeko out in the upcoming cruncher.
“Right now Dzeko is their most dangerous player,” Buffon said. “He’s slotted into (Roma coach Luciano) Spalletti’s playing system very easily and evidently understands it to perfection, judging by their results.”
“He (Dzeko) probably just needed a bit of time (last season). Dzeko’s past career speaks volumes, just as his current form does.”
Juventus, aiming for the Scudetto and a sixth straight domestic league title, came off a 3-1 derby win against neigbouring rivals Torino, with Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain finding the mark twice.
Higuain, however, has struggled at times since joining Juventus for an Italian-record 90 million Euros after scoring a Serie A record 36 goals for Napoli last season. With the league leaders next facing a strong opposition soon, Higuain’s goal-scoring touch will be in demand again.
“I didn’t miss scoring,” Higuain said. “It was an outside problem, but not for me. I was always relaxed and calm.”