Roma cautious over title chances
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luciano Spalletti was cautious over Roma's chances of winning this season's Scudetto.
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti responded with caution to suggestions his side will start this season as one of the favourites to claim the depleted Scudetto.
This summer's unprecedented Serie A match-fixing trial has seen Italian football shaken to its core, with last season's high-flyers Juventus and Milan handed severe penalties.
The Old Lady will start the forthcoming campaign in Serie B, while Milan are handicapped by a 15-point deduction and exclusion from the UEFA Champions League.
The likes of Roma and Internazionale appear best placed to capitalise on the huge upheaval which has also seen the Giallorossi's rivals for a European place last term, Fiorentina and city rivals Lazio, demoted.
"We are aware that we could have a big chance next season and we will do our best," said Spalletti.
"But Inter are ahead of us at the moment, while Palermo and Udinese are also good sides.
"It will be a challenge just to do as well as we did last season."
To that end, Spalletti is determined to bolster his squad further this summer, with the recruitment of striker Mirko Vucinic reported to be his number one objective.
"We will sign a forward," added Spalletti. "Vucinic? He has characteristics like Vincenzo Montella and we need a striker with Vincenzo Iaquinta's characteristics.
"But I do like the Serbia & Montenegro player."