It had been a while since the Giallorossi were on top of the Serie A table, and Rudi Garcia’s side are not planning on letting it slip anytime soon. They defeated Udinese pretty easily, going up 2-0 after just nine minutes and never looking back, winning 3-1.
Roma have played like an offensive machine, scoring 25 goals in 10 league matches. They also lead Serie A with a shot accuracy of 53 per cent. Roma are so versatile in attack. Already 12 Roma players have scored this season and they lead the league with eight goals from set pieces. Rudi Garcia has to address the defense, as Roma have only recorded one clean-sheet this season, against Frosinone in Week 3.
Rivals Juventus have a lot more issues to deal with. The Bianconeri suffered their fourth loss of the season, losing 1-0 at Sassuolo on Nicola Sansone’s beautiful free-kick. They have now lost more games than all of last season. Even Giorgio Chiellini didn’t play as expected, catching two yellow cards before half-time.
Juve have created 145 chances so far. That's 19 more than Roma and 43 more than Fiorentina. But Roma have scored 14 more goals, Fiorentina seven. No striker has been able to get it going for the Old Lady. Max Allergi’s team has not lost by more than one goal this season, but seemed to lack the necessary fighting spirit against the Neroverdi. Juve are out of excuses and must perform in the upcoming Derby della Mole with Torino.
Sassuolo have proven they are for real. They had never beaten Juventus, but played composed to seal the win. The Neroverdi have gained a total of 10 points in games against Juve, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Napoli. From now on, Sassuolo must aim for a ticket to the Europa League. With all the talent in place, they could pull this off, setting up an historisch finish in Serie A.
Napoli keep on rolling. The Partenopei beat Palermo 2-0 with goals from Gonzalo Higuain and supersub Dries Mertens. Higuain now leads Serie A with eight goals, while Napoli are undefeated in their last seven games. They have won their last five, scoring 11 goals and conceding only two. It took Napoli 10 games to reach five clean sheets in this Serie A campaign. Last season they needed 19 matches. That might be Napoli’s biggest improvement this season.
Fiorentina found back their winning form. After losing two big games in a row (2-1 at Napoli and 1-2 against Roma) La Viola took three points against Verona. They were lucky when Rafael Marquez accidentally deflected the ball into his own net, but Nikola Kalinic’s sixth goal of the season gave them a new boost of confidence. The striker has now scored five goals on the road and is a front runner for best summer transfer.
Inter are not letting Roma, Napoli and Fiorentina get away. The Nerazzurri are fourth with 21 points after a 0-1 win at Bologna. Five of their six wins this season were 1-0, while the other one was 2-1. No wonder Inter have the best defense with only seven goals conceded. Milan have already conceded 15 goals and have a goal difference of -3. But the Rossoneri have won their last two games, beating Sassuolo and Chievo at home, where they have won four of five this season.
At the bottom of Serie A, three teams are in serious trouble. Carpi, Hellas Verona and Bologna have seen other teams gain points, making a gap between this trio and 17th-place Frosinone. If they don’t get their act together, the relegation battle might be over sooner than expected…