It is still matchday four but Jose Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri knows that this is not going to be an easy season in their comeback to the side of the pitch. Two newly-appointed managers, Igor Tudor and Walter Mazzari, were able to pick up crucial points against them. Verona crushed Mourinho’s Roma 3-2 while Cagliari held Lazio 2-2 in Olimpico.
Hellas Verona under Igor Tudor welcomed Mourinho’s return to Serie A with a stunning win over his side despite being one goal behind. Lorenzo Pellegrini gave the lead for Giallorossi as he flicked the ball into the near post. However, the home side could equalise at the second half through Czech Rep international, Antonin Barak. Five minutes later, the table was turning as they were now at front as Gianluca Caprari found the back of the net. Although Ivan Illic’s own goal put them back on a level term, Tudor’s men restored the lead as Marco Faraoni lashed it home. It was a good start for the former Juventus man late 1990s to mid 2000s in Marc Antonio Bentegodi after taking over the post from Eusebio di Francesco who was only given three Serie A games to lead the team.
Verona vs AS Roma 3-2
Goals: Antonin Barak (49), Gianluca Caprari (54), Marco Faraoni (63); Lorenzo Pellegrini (36), Ivan Illic (og 58)
Verona: Montipo – Koray Gunter, Dawidowicz, Ceccherini (Magnani 46) – Marco Faraoni, Daniel Bessa (Andrian Temeze 65), Ivan Illic, Darko Lazovic (Nicola Casale 83) – Antonin Barak, Gianluca Caprari (Martin Hogla 78), Giovanni Simeone (Nikola Kalinic 64)
AS Roma: Rui Patricio – Ibanez, Gianluca Mancini, Rick Karsdrop (Chris Smalling 78), Ricardo Calafiori (Borja Mayoral 77) – Jordan Veretrout (Carles Perez 65), Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Nicola Zaniolo (Stephan El-Sharawy 65), Shorumodov (Henrikh Mikhitariyan 66)– Tammy Abraham.
Meanwhile, Walter Mazzari was not so much different from Tudor. He was signed by Cagliari to end their winless run under Leonardo Semplici despite his success in saving Joao Pedro and Co from the relegation threat last season. Last weekend, Cagliari had to travel to the capital to take on Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio. Mazzari’s experience with highly reputable team such as Napoli helped him to inspire Cagliari’s revival by holding Biancoceleste in a 2-2 draw. Ciro Immobile’s goal was replied twice through Joao Pedro and Keita Balde. Luckily, Danilo Cataldi’s long range shot became the home side’s equaliser seven minutes before the final whistle. It was a notable result for a team which have only collected two points from two draws and two defeats.
In the standings, Inter is still the leader after smashing Bologna 6-1 while AC Milan is entailing their local rival with the same points but less goal aggregate. Last weekend, Stefano Pioli’s side could only muster a 1-1 draw against Juventus on the road.
Sassuolo vs Torino 0-1
Genoa vs Fiorentina 1-2
Salernitana vs Atalanta 0-1
Empoli vs Sampdoria 0-3
Venezia vs Spezia 1-2