AS Roma managed to earn a valuable and unexpected draw against Napoli on the 9th day of Serie A. The goalless result sees Napoli’s perfect start to the season ended. In spite of this, Luciano Spalletti’s side remains in the top position in Serie A.
Napoli retain top position in Serie A
Jose Mourinho found himself quickly needing to respond after Roma’s embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Bodo-Glimt in the Europa League during the mid-week. With squad depth a clear problem, the Portuguese opted for familiarity. Roma started in a 4-2-3-1 that included the team’s best players.
Meanwhile, a confident Luciano Spalletti opted for the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation himself, with Andre-Franck Anguissa playing brilliantly as midfield pivot, while Victor Osimhen started as the team’s striker.
While Napoli managed to dominate possession, and opened up the play well on the flanks, AS Roma enjoyed a fair deal of scoring chances. Nicolo Zaniolo, in particular, was effective in creating opportunities for his team.
The match was also noteworthy for the fact that both managers received red cards from the referee. Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for dissent. Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti‘s sarcastic laughter at the decision caused his own red card.
The result seems to have pleased both clubs who remain in the battle for the Scudetto. While Napoli’s perfect run has ended, this is another glimpse into the team’s strength and capacity to take on strong opposition.