The Giallorossi were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Verona on matchday one; however, Garcia’s side’s season kicked into gear with a 2-1 win against championsJuventus the following week (new boy Edin Dzeko netting the winner) and goals from Iago Falque and Juan Iturbe helped them to a 0-2 win at Frosinone last weekend.
An unlucky own goal by goalkeeper Eugenio Lamanna and a Paul Pogba penalty got Juventus off the mark at 10-man Genoa after they had failed to win in their opening three games.
“With the squad we have available here, the level of the team should never drop”.
Roma were stunned by Gregoire Defrel’s solo goal after 22 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico before Totti, left out against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, sprang into action.
Mauro Icardi scored his first goal of the season shortly before halftime, slotting in from the edge of the area after taking a pass from prized offseason signing Geoffrey Kondogbia.
“There was a celebration, also with his children, but I could see a bit of sadness in him”. “We were waiting for it although Francesco would have preferred to celebrate a win”.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia says he could rotate his team after the mid-week positive game against Barcelona.
Roma and Sassuolo are next, four points back.
Salah pulled Roma level with his maiden league goal for the club four minutes after the restart, but afterwards Roma had little to offer.
In Sunday’s late game, Napoli made amends for their poor start with a 5-0 defeat of Lazio that came complete with a Gonzalo Higuain double.
Roma’s official website reported that 21 years and 16 days separate his first – on September 4, 1994 – and his last goals for Roma.