(Reuters) – Talking-points from the Serie A weekend:
NAPOLI IN DEVASTATING FORM BUT GATTUSO NOT HAPPY
Napoli made it two wins from two Serie A games this season with their 6-0 rout of Genoa yet coach Gennaro Gattuso was not entirely satisfied. The famously combative coach is not one to allow his players to get carried away and his verdict was typically pithy.
“The result is deceptive,” he said, remembering that his team were only 1-0 ahead at halftime.
“If we hadn’t scored at the beginning of the second half, I would surely have brought on another midfielder. We suffered a bit in the first half, even though we created chances. We need to improve.”
THE ‘NEXT ATALANTA’ IN IMPRESSIVE FORM
While Atalanta began the new campaign in typically exuberant style with a 4-2 win at Torino, the team seen as most likely to emulate their rise to the top were also in impressive form.
Sassuolo, often branded the “next Atalanta”, thumped promoted Spezia 4-1 away while forward Francesco Caputo also had three goals ruled off for offside following VAR reviews.
Sassuolo finished eighth last season and scored an impressive 69 goals and coach Roberto De Zerbi said he was aiming higher this term.
“This is the philosophy of the club and myself,” he said. “We try to put this into practice, sometime