Roma remain unbeatable under Garcia

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With a 1-0 away win against Udinese, Rudi Garcia's Roma extended their incredible start to the season with nine victories from nine.

The side from Italy's capital are five-points clear of Rafael Bentiez' Napoli as they look to win their first Serie A title since the 2000/01 campaign and the days of the great Gabriel Batistuta.

Last season Roma finished sixth in the table and conceded more goals than two of the sides who were relegated from the division.

Now they are clear at the top, with impressive victories including away at both Inter Milan and Napoli. 

Not only do they have the only 100% record in all of Europe's top divisions but they boast an incredible goal difference of plus 22, having scored 23 and conceded just one goal.

The dramatic turn around in fortunes has been instigated by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who took over as manager in the summer.

After dealing with the departure of key players such as Pablo Osvaldo, Erik Lamela and Marquinhos, the 49-year-old, set about structuring his new side.

Crucially he was able to convince  influential midfielder Danielle De Rossi to stay at the club. He then added to the midfield with the purchase of kevin Strootman from PSV Eindhoven. The 23-year-old has five assists this season.

Garcia bought Gervinho from Arsenal, a player he managed in his Lille days, where they won the League and Cup double back in 2010/11 season. Although he struggled at Arsenal, the Ivorian had scored 15 goals for Garcia that season and has found good form working under him again in Italy. Roma also boosted their attack with Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina.

It would appear that the signing of Medhi Benatia from Udinese, Garcia's most expensive purchase has worked wonders for his defence. He has played every minute at centre-back in Serie A this season alongside Leandro Castan.

The man who has really pulled the strings for Roma though is club legend Francesco Totti. Playing through the middle as a ‘false nine’,  he is the Serie A leading assister at the age of 37. His creativity and movement, dropping deep to disrupt defences has combined tremendously with the players either side of him.

Roma face bottom side Chievo Verona at home on Thursday night, a side who have won just once in the League all season. It would be expected that Roma are able to make it ten wins from ten as they go in pursuit of the Serie A championship, looking to prevent Juventus from making it three tittles a row.

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