This year’s inaugural Europa Conference League campaign features many teams that many Roma supporters are unfamiliar with.
Teams like FC Kairat, AC Omonia and Randers FC aren’t exactly heavyweights in European football, however, the former two have featured in over 180 Champions League and Europa League games between them.
Though with serial winner José Mourinho in charge, Giallorossi supporters will be confident that their team could make it far into the competition—perhaps even winning it.
It may seem farfetched given the inconsistencies that Roma have shown in their league displays, but oddsmakers like the capital club’s chances to win the entire competition.
In fact, Oddschecker has the Giallorossi as favourites to win it, with Antonio Conte’s Tottenham, Rennes, and Feyenoord not far behind them.
With Roma recently punching their ticket to the knockout stages, let’s take a look at the other clubs tipped to duke it out with them for the Conference League title.
Although it’s still November, Spurs have already endured a turbulent campaign, including the departure of manager Nuno Espírito Santo.
The former Wolves boss was appointed in the summer but lasted only seventeen matches before being sacked earlier this month.
Despite things appearing dim, the atmosphere surrounding the club was given a huge boost when they announced that former Juventus and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte would takeover.
Since the Italian’s arrival, the Londoners have obviously improved from a tactical point of view, particularly in attack. However, they still haven’t secured qualification to the Conference League knockout stages.
It will all come down to their final group stage match since they and Vitesse sit level with seven points.
Another club the Giallorossi will have their eyes on is Rennes.
The French side finished above the aforementioned Spurs in Group G and are flying so far in Ligue 1. They currently sit second behind PSG and are poised to secure Champions League football for next season.
Their primary strength lies in their offensive power with the likes of Gaetan Laborde, their top goalscorer, Martin Terrier and Sehrou Guirassy. They can also call upon Euro 2020 breakout star Jeremy Doku, however, the Belgian has experienced a difficult start to the season.
Another club in the discussion are Dutch giants Feyenoord. Manager Arnold Slot’s men remain unbeaten in the group stage and have already punched their ticket to the knockout rounds.
They possess one of the most exciting young players in the competition in Luis Sinisterra, who has 2 goals and 1 assist so far in the group stage.
Reiss Nelson, who they signed on a season long loan from Arsenal, was expected to make a big impact this season, but the 21-year-old winger has struggled with injuries since his arrival. Now fit again and slowly building up minutes, he’ll also be one to watch in the knockout stages.