Rudi Garcia's Roma still lead the way in Serie A after continuing their perfect start with a 5-0 win against Bologna, who remain winless after six games.
The Giallorossi, who came sixth last season, flew out the blocks in Sunday's late game and found themselves 3-0 up inside the opening 25 minutes.
And it's not just the results that make Roma the story of Italy at the moment—although they, as ever, help—but the way in which they are getting them.
“The players went out there with joy and enthusiasm. We know there are talents in this squad and we saw them tonight,” Garcia said after the win at the Stadio Olimpico—those words were echoed through the performances of his players, via football-italia.net.
Miralem Pjanic's thunderous free kick was parried by Gianluca Curci, but Alessandro Florenzi was well placed to tuck home after eight minutes.
Gervinho then doubled the lead after 17 minutes. The former Arsenal man continued to demonstrate his new lease of life, collecting a pass from the effervescent Francesco Totti and firing home.
The impressive Mehdi Benatia added a third soon after, leading social media to go into a flirtatious haze over the impressiveness of this Roma side.
Adem Ljajic is really, really good. Roma 5, Bologna 0.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) September 29, 2013
This is pretty stunning from Roma right now, as in not just this game, but moment. Team are really, really cohesive. Great to watch.— David (@davidjaca) September 29, 2013
Two more goals followed in the second half.
Firstly Gervinho added his second, which was arguably more impressive than his first, before Adem Ljajic completed the rout.
With attacking players singing as they are at the moment—Totti, Ljajic, Pjanic, Gervinho—backed up by the strength of Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman, the rest of the league may be beginning to take Roma seriously.
Inter Milan are next up for the leaders.
Continuing to head the chase for the Romans are Rafa Benitez's Napoli and Antonio Conte's Juventus.
The reigning champions scraped through the Turin derby against Torino courtesy of a Paul Pogba goal to leave themselves handily placed two points off the top—an early-season draw with Inter their only blemish so far this season.
Napoli boast the same points tally after a 2-0 win at Genoa on Saturday. Goran Pandev scored both goals.
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Inter complete the quartet of unbeaten clubs at the top of Serie A but will be disappointed to have conceded a late equaliser at Cagliari after Mauro Icardi had given them a 75th-minute lead.
Elsewhere AC Milan beat Sampdoria thanks to a Valter Birsa goal, while Atalanta, Catania and Verona all picked up three points too.
The result of the weekend though went to Sassuolo.
After losing their first four matches—including a 7-0 humiliation against Inter—they managed to pick their tails up to record a draw with Napoli in midweek, and followed that with another draw against Lazio on Sunday.
Andre Dias and Antonio Candreva had put the Biancocelesti 2-0 up, but Sassuolo fought back with second-half goals from Ezequiel Schelotto and Floro Flores to secure a memorable point at the recently renamed Mapei Stadium.