It’s the season of the sun.
And, as ever, we have a Serie A team to look forward to.
With their squad of 25 players on a two-week holiday, Roma have the perfect opportunity to start the season with a bang.
A 2-1 victory over Bologna on Wednesday is all the proof they need.
The Italian champions have been buoyed by the return of captain Alessandro Del Piero, who has been with the club since 2011.
The 29-year-old is now set to play a pivotal role in Roma’s campaign.
The captain was in the eye of the storm when it came to injuries last season, which led to the Italian side missing out on the Champions League.
Now he has returned to form, and his leadership and determination has seen him back in contention for the starting spot.
The Nerazzurri had an impressive start to the season, winning their opening two matches of the campaign, before losing to Napoli 2-0 in the quarter-finals.
However, it was the second leg at home to Bolognese that saw the Giallorossi come out on top, scoring a late equaliser to earn them the first points of the season.
Roma have been bolstered by the signing of Alessandro del Piero.
Getty Images 1/7 Losing a player who was one of the best of his era means Roma could be without a top scorer for the first time since 2008.
In the summer, Roma were left without a goalcore and a talisman in Marco Di Vaio, who departed for Manchester City.
The signing of Di Vaia from AC Milan was one factor behind their poor start to Serie A, with the forward struggling to establish himself in the starting eleven.
After that, the Rossoneri suffered a string of injuries that left their forward group depleted.
Di Vaio was ruled out for four months with a thigh injury in January, while the arrival of Domenico Berardi has also taken some of his scoring power away from him.
Roma were also left without the services of their top scorer in the form of Mario Mandzukic, who is on loan from Bolognas.
With all of that being said, Roma should still be able to produce goals from their attack, and with Del Pieron in good form, that should mean goals in the second half of the year.
As it stands, the team has a solid foundation with their top goal scorer in Del Pier, and their talisman, Marco Di Maio.
Rome’s defence will be a constant concern for the visitors as they sit six points adrift of leaders Juventus, but they have already shown signs of improvement in the first half of this campaign.
They conceded just once in their opening four matches, and only once in the opening 13, while conceding just seven goals in their last eight Serie A matches.
It is a solid defensive unit that is capable of providing a boost to the midfield.
However, they need to find their groove in the early stages of the new campaign.
In terms of the other attacking positions, Roma will be without Leonardo Bonucci, who was also injured in the winter break.
Bonucci is a player that Roma has been targeting since he was a teenager.
The 19-year old is a target for many Italian clubs in the future, and has already proved that he can be an effective replacement for the injured Alessandro Nesta.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Bonucci’s availability, the Roma captain will be hoping to make an impact on the pitch for his side.
He will hope to be back in the squad on the back of a goal that gave the Rossos a 1-0 lead against the Nerazzu.
Losing him could spell disaster for the team’s ambitions in the coming months, but the Italian champions are also without a clear replacement for Nesta, who scored six goals in 23 games for the Nerazulnes.
“It is very difficult to play Bonucci.
It is not his quality, but his talent,” said the captain.
If Bonucci is unable to play, then Roma will rely on a number of players to take his place, including Alessandro Diamanti, who had been linked with a move to Juventus.
Andrea Belotti is a potential replacement for Diamati.
Diamati is a former Internazionale and Juventus player, and had a fine season with the Neras.
Belotti will hope that he will be able play a major part in the midfield this season.
After making an immediate impact for Juventus last season and helping the club reach the Serie A Champions League semi-finals, he is also one of Italy’s brightest young talents.
Should Bonucci be ruled out of action, the young Italian should be able offer his services to the