Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku started the game together for Roma for the first time, and they sealed their partnership with a memorable performance. The formidable duo painted Sunday’s night at the Stadio Olimpico with flying colors, inspiring Giallorossi to a 7-0 demolition of Empoli.
Roma had to wait until matchday four to post their first Serie A win in 2023/24, but it was worth waiting. Dybala stole the spotlight with another vintage display, scoring on either side of halftime to put his boss, Jose Mourinho, at ease following a disastrous league start.
Lukaku’s first goal in the Roma shirt made no difference tonight. However, it could be crucial from a moral standpoint, considering the Belgium international had a turbulent summer. But Dybala’s superb showing overshadowed the ex-Inter striker’s maiden Giallorossi start.
Dybala felt like Roma had an obligation to send a message after delivering a string of underwhelming performances before the international break. And he took it upon himself to drag them over the finish line in style.
“We certainly needed to send a message, change something and each of us try to make a sacrifice by giving something more. I think we did that tonight,” Dybala told DAZN, as cited by TMW.
The Roma headline performer also spoke about the summer acquisitions.
“I am happy with Lukaku’s arrival, Azmoun, N’Dicka and all the new signings. I spoke to the coach and tried to get back into shape during the break for international duty, I feel good today.“
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