Before José Mourinho and Roma pack their bags and head off on another international break, there is the small matter of the club's round seven fixture against newly-promoted Empoli. Last season's Serie B champs make their triumphant return to the top flight after a three-year absence but have the misfortune today of facing one of their greatest tormenters. In 30 previous encounters (all competitions), Empoli has only taken points from Roma 10 times while being outscored by an emphatic 52 to 25 margin.
But, as they say, what’s past is prologue, what's present is paramount. And in the here and now, our old pal Aurelio Andreazzoli has Empoli sitting smack dab in the middle of the Serie A table. With nine points through their first six matches, the Azzurri are resting comfortably in 10th place and could present quite the headache for a Roma side looking to head into the break on a high note.
The lineups are in, so let's see if Andreazzoli will take it easy on his former employer
Ecco la formazione scelta da José Mourinho per #RomaEmpoli— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) October 3, 2021
DAJE ROMA DAJE! #ASRoma pic.twitter.com/A8xbVfvJrv
#RomaEmpoli – La nostra formazione— Empoli Fc Official (@EmpoliCalcio) October 3, 2021
EMPOLI: Vicario; Marchizza, Romagnoli, Henderson, Di Francesco, Bandinelli, Zurkowski, Ricci, Stojanovic, Viti, Pinamonti
A disposizione: Ujkani; Stulac, Mancuso, Cutrone, Bajrami, La Mantia, Fiamozzi, Asllani, Tonelli, Haas, Luperto, Parisi pic.twitter.com/vQ2upgl6qB