Candela's Scudetto vow
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roma endured a torrid campaign last term and never figured in the title race which was won by Juventus for the second successive year.
Fabio Capello's troops struggled for form and also failed to sparkle in the Champions League, with the scant consolation of a place in this season's Uefa Cup to show for their efforts.
But Candela is determined to right last term's wrongs and the 29-year-old is adamant Roma will be top of the pile at the campaign's climax.
"We have everything to win," affirmed Candela. "At the end, we will finish with the big teams, Lazio, Milan, Juventus and the others, then you will see.
"But I say Roma are already at a good point. Roma will win the Scudetto.
"I'm close to being 30 and it has to be a special season."
Roma kicked off the season with a gritty 2-1 victory at Udinese and Candela believes the acquisition of Romanian stopper Cristian Chivu will ensure the Giallorossi remain resolute in defence.
He added: "He's one of the strongest in the world. With him and Samuel, we are really more tranquil in defence."