Rome Derby win shows signs of a bright future for AS Roma and De Rossi

A vital Rome Derby win for AS Roma could propel them to Champions League qualification and keep Daniele De Rossi in the managerial hot seat at the Stadio Olimpico.

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The Derby della Capitale is always one of the most important fixtures in the Italian football calendar, regardless of which side of the Roman divide you might cheer for, but with both AS Roma and Lazio chasing Champions League qualification, the last 2023/24 Serie A edition was as crucial as ever.

Although the Biancocelesti sat in 7th ahead of kick-off, victory would have taken them to within three points of the Giallorossi, who themselves are in touching distance of the top four and also maybe hoping that the new UEFA coefficient rules this term squeeze a fifth Serie A club into the competition.

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AS Roma’s Gianluca Mancini celebrates. [@OfficialASRoma]

While the result would not decide whether either team would lift the Scudetto in May, Coppa Italia elimination at the hands of Lazio cost coach Jose Mourinho his job with Roma earlier in the campaign. The three points secured through a Gianluca Mancini header, all but ended Biancocelesti hopes of Champions League football next term.

Will AS Roma secure Champions League qualification?

The Giallorossi have undergone a stunning transformation in the last few weeks to surge towards the top four, but Bologna have maintained a similar level of consistency to keep the Romans at bay. Therefore, it could be that a free-falling Juventus are the actual target to aim for, and welcome the Old Lady to the Stadio Olimpico on Matchday 35.

However, it is a tough task ahead of Roma, with top four rivals Bologna and Atalanta still to face during the run in, and a potential banana skin in the Derby della Sole when the travel to reigning champions Napoli, who have little more to play for than upsetting a longstanding enemy.

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AS Roma’s Romelu Lukaku and Lazio’s Christos Mandas. [@OfficialASRoma]

Should the Giallorossi implode on the domestic front, the Europa League provides faint hope of a route to the top table of European football, but they must first overcome Serie A counterparts AC Milan in the quarter-finals, and then Bundesliga champions to be Bayer Leverkusen or West Ham United.

Should Daniele De Rossi stay with Roma beyond this season?

For the moment, former playing legend Daniele De Rossi remains interim coach at Roma and it would be unnecessary to wave a long-term contract under his pen after so few games, but results are making it hard to ignore the 40-year-old as a candidate for the permanent job.

The Giallorossi sat in 9th position when Mourinho walked away from the capital and staring at a difficult Europa League Round of 32 tie with Feyenoord, yet the 2006 World Cup winner has navigated them into the quarter-finals – overcoming Premier League side Brighton in the Round of 16 – and back into top four contention.

AS Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrates with coach Daniele De Rossi (@OfficialASRoma)

Domestically, champions elect Inter are the only side defeat Roma under him, and if that sort of form continues the supporters might accept no one else, and the incoming coach would have a De Rossi size shadow cast upon them as soon as they take their seat on the bench.

Sometimes, you can be the right person for the job, at the right time and under the perfect circumstances and you can forget an ill-fated four month spell at SPAL early in a coaching career.

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