Juventus and Roma set for Serie A battle

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Champions Juventus and Rudi Garcia’s Roma demonstrated again on Saturday evening why they are the only two sides in Italy capable of winning the Scudetto this season.

Roma waltzed to a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Verona at the Stadio Olympico, whilst the Old Lady also maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win away at Atalanta.

And with both Milan sides and Napoli enduring a difficult start to the season, last year’s champions and runners-up are already preparing to engage in an exclusive title battle yet again.

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Comfortable evening

Garcia’s side were in action early on, and quickly flexed their muscles with an easy win over an Atalanta side slipping towards a relegation battle themselves.

Mattia Destro’s stunning strike will no doubt spearhead the back pages of Italy’s media outlets tomorrow morning, but not for the opener by substitute Alessandro Florenzi their record may have become blotched by the end of the evening.

Massimiliano Allegri guided his side to a new Serie A record during midweek as Juventus became the first team to win their opening four fixtures without conceding a goal – and swatted Atalanta aside in comfortable fashion.

Carlos Tevez netted a brace to have his side cruising, with summer import Alvaro Morata scoring his first goal since his summer move from Real Madrid to complete the route and leapfrog Roma back into pole position.

Rivals struggling

AC Milan dropped points for the second time in two games as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Empoli in the week, despite Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres scoring on his debut.

Rafael Benitez’s Napoli woe worsened as they squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Palermo, meaning their wait for a second win of the season will go on by the time they travel to Sassuolo on Sunday night.

Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo helped guide Inter Milan to a crucial victory against Atalanta at the San Siro, but Walter Mazzarri’s side still lack the spine required to dethrone Juventus as champions of the league.

Udinese have come closest in terms of replicating the feats of Juventus and Roma, but despite currently residing third in the standings are devoid of a squad to help battle for the throne.

Deadly duo

Both have extended their domestic dominance onto the European scene, with Juventus and Roma easing to victories over Malmo and CSKA Moscow.

Such eye-catching performances have also provided evidence that Italian sides can replicate the football of yesteryear to have the globe purring once more.

Juventus’ attacking orchestra of Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente can fire them to a fourth consecutive title, whereas Roma’s side of Gervinho, Mattia Destro, Francesco Totti and Miralem Pjanic can secure silverware of their own.

It promises to be another enthralling season in Italy. But only two will make it to the final hurdle in May.

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