Serie A returns after the first international break of the season. Roma is back at the Stadio Olimpico for the second home Serie A game of the season as they will entertain Sassuolo.
The start of the season for Roma under Jose Mourinho has been fantastic, 4 wins out of 4 in all competitions. The last Serie A outing before the September international break was an emphatic 4-0 away win in Salerno against Salernitana.
Roma found it tough to break down a stubborn Salernitana defence in the first half. The second half was a different story, the two quick goals eased the tension and the nerves and they didn’t look back. Tammy Abraham broke his duck scoring a fantastic debut goal for AS Roma and Lorenzo Pellegrini was sensational playing behind the striker. Took both of his goals brilliantly.
It was a quiet day for ins on transfer deadline day for Roma. Roma couldn’t get the defensive midfielder that they have been craving. But with the outs, Tiago Pinto managed to do some more excellent work in getting players off the bloated wage bill. Javier Pastore had his contract terminated and Robin Olsen completed a second loan move to England, this time in the Championship to Sheffield United.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Rui Patricio, Karsdorp, Mancini, Ibanez, Calafiori, Cristante, Veretout, Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Abraham.
Sassuolo are the visitors on Sunday evening to the Stadio Olimpico in round three of Serie A, after two games Sassuolo are unbeaten with 4 points from a possible 6. An opening day victory in Verona against Hellas in a 5-goal thriller with Sassuolo winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Giacomo Raspadori, Filip Duricic, and Hamed Junior Traore.
Mattia Zaccagni scored twice for the home side including one from the penalty spot, but it wasn’t enough for Eusebio Di Francesco‘s side. In the following fixture, the first home game of the season at the Mapei Stadium. Sassuolo were held 0-0 against Roberto D’Aversa Sampdoria side.
It’s a new era at Sassuolo this season, we won’t be witnessing De Zerbi ball in Serie A this term which is a massive shame. Roberto De Zerbi left to take the reins at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. The Brazilian defender Marlon has joined him. Sassuolo lost midfielder and one of the stars of the Euros for Italy in Manuel Locatelli to Juventus on loan with an obligation to buy. Giangiacomo Magnani left to join ex Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco at Hellas Verona. On deadline day, Francesco Caputo swapped Sassuolo to join Sampdoria on loan.
Sassuolo were very smart with the transfer coming into the club for this season, tying up permanent deals for Hamed Junior Traore, Jeremy Toljan, and Maxime Lopez. All were on loan the previous season. Sassuolo raided Brazilian side Gremio for centre-back Ruan and centre-midfielder Matheus Henrique. Ruan has joined permanently but has been loaned back to Gremio until December 2021.
Alessio Dionisi is the new Sassuolo coach, he signed a two-year deal in the summer to replace Roberto De Zerbi who left to coach in Ukraine. In the 2020-21 season, he guided Empoli back to Serie A by winning the Serie B championship 4 points ahead of Salernitana who finished in 2nd place. At Empoli it is written in the DNA you must play with a 4-3-1-2 formation, and he did it was so much success last season. That caught the eye of Sassuolo who jumped at the opportunity to take on Dionisi as the new Sassuolo coach. In his first two games of the season in Serie A, he has played with a 4-2-3-1 formation, something that De Zerbi played in his tenure while at the club.
PREDICTED XI | SASSUOLO (4-2-3-1)
Consigli, Toljan, Chiriches, Ferrari, Rogeri, Lopez, Frattesi, Berardi, Djuricic, Boga, Raspadori.