A top-of-the-table clash – Fiorentina started the weekend top, but Roma’s victory means they are Serie A’s new leaders.
Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa would have kept an unchanged team from the side that was defeated at Napoli last weekend, but was forced to cope without injured left-wing-back Marcos Alonso. His solution was surprising: rather than bring ready-made replacement Manuel Pasqual into the side, he instead used Josip Ilicic from the start, which meant inexperienced attacking midfielder Federico Bernadeschi moving from a number ten role to the left-wing-back slot.
Rudi Garcia used a strikerless system in the thrilling 4-4 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, but welcomed back Edin Dzeko upfront here. Therefore, he used a 4-3-3: Alessandro Florenzi dropped back from midfield to right-back, with Vasilis Torosidis on the bench.
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