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Roma Rises to 6th in ESPN's Power Poll

Thanks in part to their high profile draw with Barcelona, Roma has risen all the way to 6th in ESPN's latest power poll. Are Roma really the world's sixth best club at the moment?

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It has been one hell of a week for Roma. From trudging out a victory over Frosinone over the weekend to the midweek moral victory over Barcelona in the Champions League, punctuated by Alessandro Florenzi's golazo, Roma has been all over the headlines. From traditional print media to Twitter to Facebook, Florenzi and the rest of the Giallorossi have been front and center in the footballing world. I'd hesitate to say Ale is now a household name, but his goal was good enough to land a spot on the Champions League team of the week.

However, the hyperbole highpoint was reached just moments ago. The self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports recently released their latest top ten power rankings. While Barcelona and Bayern Munich retain their customary top spots, Roma has vaulted all the way to sixth place, two spots ahead of current Serie A frontrunners Inter Milan.

ESPN capped Roma's current state of affairs in one incredibly tight paragraph:

After a 2-0 win at Serie A newcomers Frosinone in which Iago Falque and Juan Iturbe scored, Roma earned a creditable draw vs. Barcelona in the Champions League. The highlight of the game was an amazing goal by Roma's Alessandro Florenzi, who managed to score with a shot from way out of the right touchline.

See, pretty terse, right? While I was as gobsmacked as anyone over Roma's performance over the past seven days, we can't forget how turgid they were during the first week of the season and how they've been a Wojciech Szczesny save or two away from a disastrous start, not to mention their worrisome depth, so I think we need to pump our collective brakes here just a bit.

On the other hand criticizing them for being bailed out by Woj is a bit unfair; great teams have great keepers who make great saves, that's part of what makes a winning side. However, as we saw last season, putting the cart before the horse tends to warp expectations and perspectives—we're really just one 1-1 draw away from pitchforks at the Olimpico and Rudi Garcia effigies in the forum

So, while the attention is nice, let's not forget this is a marathon not a sprint. If Roma is still the world's sixth best club come spring, then we'll talk.