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Revamped Roma’s rapid decline leaves Di Francesco in line of fire | Paolo Bandini


Summer deals have left last season’s Champions League semi-finalists imbalanced and time is not on the manager’s side

Five games in, and the Serie A top scorers chart has a decidedly unfamiliar feel. Fans might have expected to see Cristiano Ronaldo in first place, perhaps pursued by the man he displaced at Juventus: Gonzalo Higuaín. Or how about reigning joint-capocannonieri, Ciro Immobile and Mauro Icardi, each returning with the same teams?

All but the last of that foursome scored this weekend, yet none of them leads the way. The most prolific player in Serie A is a 23-year-old signed by Genoa from Cracovia this summer for a paltry €4.5m. Krzysztof Piatek’s five goals only look more impressive when you consider his team has played one game fewer than the rest of the division.

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Frosinone 0-2 Juventus, Milan 2-2 Atalanta, Bologna 2-0 Roma, Chievo 0-2 Udinese, Lazio 4-1 Genoa, Torino 1-3 Napoli, Sampdoria 0 -1 Inter, Fiorentina 3-0 Spal, Parma 2-0 Cagliari, Sassuolo 3-1 Empoli

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