Eusebio Di Francesco said Sassuolo’s “mental strength” was the difference as they fought back to beat Napoli 2-1.
Maurizio Sarri said he was happier with Napoli’s performance in defeat than when they were leading at Sassuolo.
Of the Scudetto contenders, only Inter won the opening game with last-gasp Stevan Jovetic, as 10-man Milan fell to Fiorentina and Napoli lost at Sassuolo.
Maurizio Sarri’s new-look Napoli begin against Domenico Berardi’s Sassuolo with Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne.
Follow the build-up and action from all seven Serie A evening games, including Fiorentina v Milan, Napoli at Sassuolo, Inter host Atalanta and Palermo-Genoa.
Hoffenheim confirm they have agreed terms with Napoli and Chile international Eduardo Vargas.
Eusebio Di Francesco hopes Sassuolo can end their Napoli taboo this evening. “You can see Maurizio Sarri’s influence.”
Napoli left out transfer-listed Jonathan de Guzman, Edu Vargas and Juan Camilo Zuniga for the trip to Sassuolo.
Maurizio Sarri feels Sassuolo are the “worst possible opponents” for Napoli to open their Serie A season.
Pepe Reina is enthusiastic about the new Napoli and warns if Juventus don’t win the Scudetto “it’ll be a disaster for them.”
Juventus face “a much more balanced” Serie A season with Inter, Milan, Roma and Napoli Scudetto challengers, said Max Allegri.
Fabio Cannavaro is surprised at how President Aurelio De Laurentiis wiped a clean slate at Napoli, and defends Milan's Alessio Romagnoli: 'Give him time'.
Claudio Ranieri tips Rudi Garcia’s Roma for the Scudetto, is intrigued by Milan and doesn’t envy Antonio Conte.
Torino President Urbano Cairo gave updates on Bruno Peres, Nikola Maksimovic, Amauri and Sanjin Prcic.
Multiple reports suggest Bologna have beaten Napoli to Cagliari midfielder Godfred Donsah.
It’s reported Napoli and Sunderland agreed terms, but Jonathan de Guzman is ready to reject the transfer.
Napoli are ready to send Chile international Edu Vargas to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
Duvan Zapata admits Juventus are a 'difficult' opponent but doesn't rule out 'taking home points' for Udinese.
Napoli have reportedly agreed terms with Cagliari over the sale of Godfred Donsah, leaving only personal terms to be settled.
Torino President Urbano Cairo calls Napoli’s Aurelio De Laurentiis ‘my lucky charm’, and says the club’s transfer campaign is over.