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Livorno didn't get much of a honeymoon in Serie A. An opening day defeat to Roma at the Armando Picchi gave the Amaranto a taste of what to expect for the coming year.
However, rather than get down on themselves, Livorno have bounced right back with two convincing wins. A former Romanista, Leandro Greco, has arrived from Olympiacos and wasted no time in showing how valuable his Serie A experience will be.
Greco got the first of four against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium, inspiring momentum that hopefully can keep Livorno safely away from the relegation zone.
The Brazilian striker Paulinho also netted against last year's Serie B champions, and was on target twice in the following game against Catania, who have had a miserable start to the campaign. Now 27, he might finally deliver on the promise that saw him called up for Brazil's U-20 side and first earned his move to Italy from Juventude.
Davide Nicola has some players of real quality at his disposal, and aside from the disappointment in the opening fixture, six points from two crucial games against fellow relegation candidates will have the former Genoa defender quietly pleased with his side's start to the season.