It might have taken a last-minute miracle but Roma ended the weekend in front runner Series A Table and kept her perfect start to life under Jose Mourinho.
The Lupi originated as 2-1 winners about Sassuolo on Sunday evening at the Stadio Olimpico, when Stephan El Shaarawy shot a sensational half-volley shot from the inside at the far post before snuggling up as if the Roma were slipping into a draw.
This means that Roma have secured the maximum number of points in their first three league games, paired with home and away wins against Trabzonspor in qualifying for the Europa Conference League, and the Giallorossi have started the new season.
Mourinho, in his 1,000th game as coach, was at his best as he sprinted down the Olimpico track to join his players in the festivities ahead of the Curva Sud after the El Shaarawy winner.
The Portuguese have made an immediate impact in the capital since replacing compatriot Paulo Fonseca and the Roma are now determined in defense and dangerous in attack, winning games they would otherwise have given up last season.
Bryan Cristante had previously given Mourinho’s side the lead in the first half before Filip Djuricic took the lead shortly after the break.
The Roma continued to push for a win, however, and El Shaarawy found it with a moment of wizardry as La Magica’s determination eventually led them to defeat a hugely formidable Sassuolo side and overtake AC Milan at the top of the table. On a weekend when Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta lost and Masters Inter lost points, there was an opening that Roma duly snapped.
It’s still early days, but the Giallorossi appear to have fully embraced Mourinho’s ideas and benefited from the presence of such a great personality on the sidelines, while the former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United manager got his spark after a disappointing period at the Year has rediscovered the Premier League.
Mourinho has raised key players like captain Lorenzo Pellegrini and Cristante, while the signings of Tammy Abraham and Rui Patricio, from Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers, look inspired.
While it’s too early to say whether the Roma can sustain a concerted push for the Scudetto, optimism is high in the red and yellow half of the capital and the team is riding the wave of excitement brought about by the appointment of Special One was raised in May. The Giallorossi were fragile and easy to beat last season, but Mourinho has already set out to make them a watchful side at the top of the table.