Last year’s runners-up Roma sit neck and neck with Juventus at the summit of Serie A on 15 points after matching the reigning champions all the way during a formidable first five games of the campaign.
The first of their quintet of wins came on the opening day of the season in a potentially tricky affair against Fiorentina, who were undone by Radja Nainggolan and Gervinho goals either side of half-time at the Stadio Olimpico.
More fortuitous perhaps was their next outing in Empoli where an own goal from Luigi Sepe in first-half stoppage time enabled them to claim their second success and clean sheet from as many games.
A 2-0 triumph over Cagliari made it three in three a week later, with Mattia Destro and Alessandro Florenzi striking in the space of three first-half minutes to sink the Sardinians.
Closer yet was a 2-1 away victory over Parma, who thought they had done enough to stop the Giallorossi juggernaut when on-loan Bianconeri defender Paolo De Ceglie pegged back Adem Ljajic’s opener at the Tardini.
But there was to be one further late twist in the tale as Miralem Pjanic stepped up to preserve their 100 per cent record with a perfectly executed free-kick two minutes from time.
Stern Hellas Verona defensive work meant the Giallorossi were forced to be patient and wait for the breakthrough in their most recent league outing, with second-half substitute Andrea Florenzi eventually breaching the visitors’ backline 15 minutes from time.
This was followed up by a stunning strike from Mattia Destro, who lashed the ball home from more than 40 yards to send the Stadio Olimpico into raptures and safeguard another victory for Rudi Garcia’s men.