ROMA STEAMROLL TOUGH APRIL TO WIN SCUDETTO
INTE 0-1 ROMA
SAMPDORIA 0-1 ROMA
ROMA 1-0 JUVENTUS
CATANIA 1-2 ROMA
ROMA 3-1 NAPOLI
DE ROSSI, PJANIC, MORATA
CAGLIARI 2-3 AS ROMA
MARIGA, MORATA, TOTTI
Despite having to play through a difficult month including an away trip to Inter Milan and hosting powerhouses Juventus and Napoli, AS Roma went on a brilliant six match winning streak to silence all of their critics and mathematically secure a second straight Serie A title. At the heart of this incredible run: Francesco Totti himself.
It all began with the match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza against Inter. Still level after an hour, Totti substituted himself into the match but struggled to really make an impact. Four minutes into injury time, however, the ageless striker was chopped down by Juan Jesus in the penalty area and made no mistake with the ensuing spot-kick, earning his side an invaluable three points.
The match against Juventus was again heavily credited to Totti, though this one for his tactical nous instead of his on-the-field heroics. In an attempt to control the midfield, Totti started with 3 attacking midfielders, one central midfielder, and a 3 man back line with De Rossi at the heart. A beautiful second half goal from Bosnian superstar Miralem Pjanic got the Giallorossi another win in that game, and so the champions marched on.
Totti returned to the pitch as a late impact substitute against Catania. Mattia Darmian's 37th minute equalizer had cancelled out Mattia Destro's opening goal, and after that the capital city side struggled to create anything. Il Gladiatore brought himself on with 15 minutes remaining and changed the game yet again, this time combining with Adem Ljajic to create a simple 1v1 finish for himself to earn a 2-1 victory.
AS Roma went on to dismantle underachieving Napoli before the final game of the month, on the road to Cagliari. McDonald Mariga had scored his first goal for Roma early on and Alvaro Morata doubled the advantage before the break. In the second half, however, Cagliari stormed back and scored twice in quick succession to leave the score at 2-2 with five minutes to go.
Once more, Francesco Totti brought himself on in behind the two strikers, seemingly his new favored position. The legendary veteran attacker, yet again, scored a 27 yard free kick in stoppage time to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory. Combined with a 2-2 draw from AC Milan, this late goal ensured not only the victory but the Scudetto trophy.
"This has been a brilliant month for me," said Totti after the match. "It's been tougher to play this season along with managing, so it's nice for me to still be able to get out there and make a difference. Most importantly, though, the Scudetto is coming to Roma for a second straight year, and I could not be happier!"
With four matches remaining in the season, the Giallorossi lead AC Milan by 13 points and thus are mathematically the champions of Italy.