Aug 19 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the Serie A matches on Saturday Saturday, August 19 Verona 1 Napoli 3 Juventus 3 Cagliari 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Juventus 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 2 Napoli 1 1 0 0
Italian legend Francesco Totti conceded life on the other side of the touchline was "tough" as he watched Roma win their opening Serie A match, a cagey 1-0 victory at Atalanta. One-club man Totti's 24-year career with Roma ended with a fairytale farewell on the final day of last season. Barely three months on, a bronzed and suited Totti looked out of sorts as he watched the action in Bergamo with Roma sporting director Monchi, whom he is now working alongside in his role as a director at the club.
The first match of the Eusebio Di Francesco era started off as one would expect, with a 4-3-3, though it included one small wrinkle. Rather than Federico Fazio or Hector Moreno lining up alongside Kostas Manolas, it was Juan Jesus who received the start at left center-back. Everything, or everyone, else was as we predicted, the midfield was stacked while Gregoire Defrel served as an ad hoc right winger. Sure, there was some overlapping and interweaving in Roma’s middle third, but by and large, there was nothing incisive and very little direct play, save for one beautiful sequence in which Bruno Peres sprung Gregoire Defrel on the right flank, though the Frenchman’s final touch let him down.