Roma slows down the run of Napoli, which remains at the top but has to share the lead in the standings with the Devil. At the Olimpico the Campanians fail to slip into the ninth success in a row by slamming 0-0 against Mourinho’s boys, who respond to the defeat of the Conference League with a proof of pride and solidity. The draw without a goal certifies the balance on the pitch, in a game full of emotions and very tight, at times even nervous. Spalletti and Mourinho are expelled (the first at the end of the game) but they can still be satisfied: the Special One has received the answer he expected from his boys, the Tuscan coach comes out unscathed from the fiery trip to the capital and remains undefeated in the league.
Mourinho recovers Karsdorp and Zaniolo as expected and deploys the same eleven beaten by Juve. Spalletti has a few more alternatives but still relies on the titularissimi, with Osimhen the main terminal of a trident completed by Politano and Insigne. In the middle of the field return from 1 ‘Fabian Ruiz and Anguissa. After the fool with the Bodo Glimt Roma is called to a reaction to the sprint start in the derby del sole is the demonstration that the message has been received. The Karsdorp-Zaniolo axis puts the leaders in greater difficulty at the start, who immediately risks with a conclusion from Pellegrini fouled by Koulibaly and, on the following corner, on the header of Zaniolo, on the side, after an adventurous exit from Ospina. Napoli struggles to find spaces and corridors to set in motion Osimhen, on the opposite side Abraham – touched at the already battered ankle – maneuvers more and has the best chance of the first half on his feet, kicking out in the open field on 28 ‘. After half an hour of pressure, Roma lowers the pace and Napoli takes the field little by little. Zielinski at 31 ‘tries from outside with no luck, more insidious, but imprecise, Insigne’s shot ten minutes later.
In the second half the nervousness spreads, hand in hand with the intensity on the pitch, but the game remains pleasant and very open, with continuous reversals in front. Spalletti tries to solve it with the changes and throws Lozano, Elmas and Mertens into the fray, on the opposite side Mourinho plays the El Shaarawy card and, in the end, Shomurodov. Napoli comes out better from the locker room and puts under the opponent, touching the advantage with the possessed Osimhen, who hits the post on a cross from Politano. The Nigerian striker shortly after is also dangerous with his head, chipping the top of the crossbar on the developments of an inactive ball. When it seems about to capitulate, however, Roma changes the inertia of the match again, sinking twice to the right again with Pellegrini, who first tries to fly on Karsdorp’s lob, then shoots to the side on the counterattack. The best opportunity, however, happens on Mancini’s head, who on an insidious free-kick impacts with the right timing of the head but incredibly sends to the side. In the final, the schemes and even the nerves jump out (Mourinho expelled for protests, Spalletti will have the same fate after the game is over) but both teams up to the end are chasing the three points. The dreams of Napoli are shattered on the goal canceled for offside in Osimhen, those of Rome on a cross from El Shaarawy defused by Ospina. For a 0-0 liar for the rate of emotions and intensity but truthful for the balance seen on the pitch.