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FIFA 17: AS Roma Career Mode guide

With Juventus dominating Serie A, it's an exciting challenge to attempt to topple them in FIFA 17's Career Mode, and Roma may just be your best bet.


With the way that Serie A is at the moment, coming second is still a serious achievement, with Juventus blowing the division away for the past five seasons. Roma have come second or third in the past three seasons, and have often looked like the only capable side of toppling The Old Lady. The veterans of Daniel de Rossi and, of course, the gladiator Francesco Totti, Roma have the experience needed to compete for the Scudetto, with plenty of pace and talent that can overcome any side in the world on their day.

The lack of finances and young players coming through has begun to stunt their growth, though, and something needs to change if they are to get into title winning form, with Roma not having lifted the Serie A trophy since 2001. That lack of success is a great incentive to manage the Italian club on FIFA 17’s Career Mode, with enough potential there to achieve something special. Here is our guide to managing AS Roma on FIFA 17.

How you should line-up

Roma CM

It’s a side that picks itself, but there is still a lot of competition in the Roma squad. Luciano Spaletti’s preferred formation of 4-3-3 holding is the one you should go for, but you could be tempted into a 3-5-2.

The 23-year-old Alisson wins the goalkeeping battle over Wojiech Szczesny due to higher potential and Szczesny is still on loan from Arsenal. Alessandro Florenzi is one of the best right backs on the game, and he takes his spot in defence alongside Kostas Manolas, Thomas Vermaelen and Mario Rui.

Daniele de Rossi performs the enforcer roll in midfield, and he is joined by box-to-box powerhouse Radja Naingollan and playmaker Kevin Strootman. Up top, there are plenty of goals in Mo Salah, Edin Dzeko and Stephan El Shaarawy.

On the bench, you should go for Wojiech Szczesny, Federico Fazio, Bruno Peres, Leandro Paredes, Juan Iturbe, Diego Perotti and club captian Francesco Totti.

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £44 million

Starting wage budget: £144,000

Who should go

With the squad still needing work in terms of depth, the only players that you should be rid of are those that are nowhere near the quality required to play for Roma. Silvio Anocic’s potential is only 69, so you should sell him for around £75,000. Bogdan Lobont is the third-choice goalkeeper behind Allison and Szczesny, so you are better of finding a replacement through your youth network. The 38-year-old should collect you £150,000 in the transfer market. Lastly, Moustapha Seck will only reach a level of 70, so look to sell him for £230,000.

What the team needs

£44 million is not a bad transfer budget at all for a side that has not lifted a trophy in over eight years. Making those recommended sales is not going to change your budget much, but if you win a pre-season tournament, you could have close to £55 million at your disposal. First on your shopping list should be replacement for clear weak link Mario Rui at left back. Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis should come in under budget at close to £35 million, and the Brazlian international will give you 91-rated stamina, 86 sliding tackles and 85 marking. The 30-year-old’s wages come in at £72,000 per week.

Alternatives:

–       Ricardo Rodriguez – Wolfsburg, Age 23, OVR 82, POT 85, Cost: £33 million, Wage: £65,000

–       Alex Sandro – Juventus, Age 25, OVR 84, POT 87, Cost: £42 million, Wage: £79,000

–       Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea, Age 26, OVR 84, POT 84, Cost: £38 million, Wage: £86,000

–       Leighton Baines – Everton, Age 31, OVR 83, POT 83, Cost: £20 million, Wage: £65,000

Goalkeeper is your next weakest position, but with Alisson having the potential to reach 86, there is no point searching for a replacement. Centre back, striker and left wing all have 81 ratings, but with around £20 million left to spend, you need to be wiser than just forking out for another first team player. There are just four central midfielders in the whole squad, so if one of starters Daniele de Rossi, Radja Nainggolan or Kevin Strootman get injured, you will have to change your whole formation. As it is, at least two of them will have to play in every league game this season, so currently you have to rest one every game so that they last the whole campaign. You need to look for a young central midfielder who one day can break into the starting line-up. Dani Ceballos could be that man, with the 77-rated central midfielder holding a potential of 85. The 19-year-old Spaniard can also play as a left, defensive or attacking midfielder, and he will set you back close to £20 million with starting wage of just £720 per week. The Real Betis number ten has 81 ball control, 80 vision and 79 short passing on FIFA 17, making him a perfect fit for your Roma side.

Alternatives:

–       Vincent Koziello – Nice, Age 20, OVR 78, POT 86, Cost: £25 million, Wage: £720

–       Marco van Ginkel – Chelsea, Age 23, OVR 77, POT 83, Cost: £15 million, Wage: £36,000

–       Konstantinos Fortounis – Olympiakos, Age 23, OVR 78, POT 83, Cost: £18 million, Wage: £25,000

–       Ruben Pardo – Real Sociedad, Age 23, OVR 77, POT 83, Cost: £17 million, Wage: £6,000

–       Recio – Malaga, Age 25, OVR 78, POT 82, Cost: £15 million, Wage: £6,000

–       Tonny Vilhena – Feyenoord, Age 21, OVR 77, POT 82, Cost: £14 million, Wage: £11,000

Loans

With 18 players already out on loan, you don’t want to be adding too much more to that. The only men you can consider sending out are defenders Abdullahi Nura and Riccardo Marchizza. Both have potentials of 80 or above, but with their 62 and 63 starting overalls, they will be lucky to ever make an appearance on the bench. A season or two out on loan is exactly what they need.

Contracts

Just the four players have contracts running out at the end of the season, and you will want to renew three of them. Daniele de Rossi may be 32-years-old, but he is still amongst the world’s best as a defensive midfielder, and with a shortage of midfield men at the club, you can’t afford to lose him.

Francesco Totti is now 40-years-old, but it would be a travesty if the club let him go. With Edin Dzeko the only out-and-out striker at the club, you will still have to use for the World Cup winner, and it should be on his terms when he leaves the club that he has been at for 27 years.

Left back Emerson won’t play many games for you with a rating of 70, but his potential of 78 is enough to keep him as a squad player. Just a two or three-year contract will do for the 21-year-old Brazlian, as in a few years time you will want some more promising players coming through.

If you decide not to sell Silvio Anocic and keep him as a reserve goalkeeper, there is still no need to give him a new contract, as you will be wanting to look to the future and bring on young talent rather than keep the 38-year-old.

Managerial Objectives

Domestic success is the most important objective with Roma, and you could be asked to at least finish in a ‘Champions Cup’ place (top three) and in some cases, you may even need to win the title. As for continental success, you will at least need to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, with a last four appearance the more likely target.

Brand exposure also has a high importance, and for this you will need gain over £60 million from shirt sales within the season. This can be achieved by bringing in big names, picking up lots of victories and making the net bulge on a regular basis.

Youth development and your financial objective both have low importance, and for these you may need to sign a couple of high potential players that are younger than 20, sign a midfielder to the youth academy, and increase the club’s worth by 15 percent within two season.

It’s been a long wait…

Those objectives are a mouthful, but they are definitely achievable, given the current quality in the squad. Your one problem is that they may hinder your chances of bringing in top talent, so you may need to wait until January when you have some Champions Cup revenue behind you before you make that move for a big player. In that first month of the season, concentrating on the league will be crucial, and you will need to be unbeaten by the time the Champions Cup kicks off, if you are serious about winning the ‘Calcio A’. The Coppa Nazionale target of reching the semis should take care of itself, as Roma should have the quality to overcome any side in Italy, just hope that you don’t face Juve in the early rounds. You should get through your Champions Cup group, with PSG your only serious worry, but they are still far from unbeatable.

Juggling the competitions is always difficult, and that makes it all the more important that you bring a central midfielder or two into the club, who you can rely on to fill in for you. The gift you have is quality on the bench, with Francesco Totti and Diego Perotti holding the ability to change a game, and if you are to add one more defensive recruit, you should be set for the season. It is a tough job, but overcoming Juventus in Serie A always will be, but if any club is to do it, it will be Roma.

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Alastair Pusinelli

Currently RealSport's FIFA 18 and Football Manager Content Contributor, but I have covered almost everything across the board for the site.

I have contributed on Cricket, Darts, Esports, Olympics, Tennis and Wrestling for the site, as well as stepping in as Football and Rugby Editor.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC. I am still an active sportsman, playing cricket, football, rugby, tennis and golf.

FIFA 17: AS Roma Career Mode guide

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