Roma and Juventus are desperate to avoid a second false step when they meet for a Serie A classic Sunday after their disappointing starts to the season. The Turin champions were the most bruised as Udinese upset them 1-0 at the Juventus Stadium, where they were unbeaten for more than two seasons, but Roma were far from shining in a 1-1 draw away to Verona.
“There were many positive things but, of course, there is still work to do,” Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri meanwhile tried to digest the Udinese defeat saying that “Serie A is not a 100-metre final, but a marathon,” as he strives to cope with the departure of Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal. New signing Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio remain sidelined, but the recovered striker Alvaro Morata could replace newcomer Mario Mandzukic.