The body might be in its mid-30s, but the smile in his post-match interviews was that of a teenager making his Serie A debut. They thought the demands of playing in a Zdenek Zeman side might have been too much for him but, for the time being at least, they are proving nothing of the sort. In the first big match of the season, Francesco Totti was an undisputed protagonist.
It was perhaps the defining performance of a weekend when some of the League’s most inspirational players put their best foot forward. A couple of delicious assists and a string of pinpoint passes were enough to put Inter to the sword. After an opening match full of mistakes, the Giallorossi turned on the style in the San Siro.