Baldissoni: Roma still in hunt for title
Roma are still in the hunt for the scudetto, according to their general manager Mauro Baldissoni.
They face Parma in a rearranged fixture in midweek knowing a win would reduce their deficit on league leaders Juventus to eight points with seven games of the season remaining. One of those -- the penultimate match of the season -- sees Juve arrive in the capital, and Baldissoni is confident the title race will still be open then.
"I'm optimistic for the simple fact that I know Roma can win all of the games we've got left," he told RAI radio. "All we can do then is hope that the gap to Juventus reduces."
Napoli's 2-0 win over the unbeatable league leaders on Sunday night has revived Roma's hopes at the end of a week in which they unveiled plans for a new stadium that they hope will make them even more competitive in years to come.
"It's a project we've been working on for two years and we've viewed hundreds of different sites," Baldissoni said. "We know it will take at least two years to build, but we hope to start work between December and January. I wouldn't want the lengthy Italian bureaucracy to be an alibi. We've got to face this project with great spirit and determination."
Once the final green light is given to the project, they can then work on convincing Rudi Garcia to be the man who leads Roma out in their new home.
The French coach, who arrived last summer from Lille, is contracted to the club until 2015 and his stock has been rising throughout an impressive debut season in Italy.
"We know this is a subject that the media like, but Garcia still has a year left on his contract and so we have plenty of time for negotiations," Baldissoni said. "We both want to extend it, but there's still time."