With the World Cup win behind him, Dybala returned to Roma a few days ago – and has since shown great enthusiasm for the game. This was also the case in the home match against AC Florence, who played for a long time with a shorthanded team, where the Argentine scored a brace.

Even though Dybala did not play a major active role in the World Cup in Qatar, he was still important for the title win – keyword: converted a penalty in the final thriller against France.

What else cannot be denied? That the Argentine dribbling artist is once again the anchor of Giallorossi’s offensive play, as he was before the World Cup and before his injury. This was also evident on Sunday evening in the home match at the Stadio Olimpico against AC Florence, where Dybala showed himself to be eager to play and always available. A lot went through “La Joya”.

Dodo flies, Dybala fires

The target player was also dangerous and successful in his finishing after the first few minutes of this duel had been rather straightforward. The only excitement was a tackle by Viola pro Dodo on Zalewski, which earned him a second yellow card and a sending-off (24th).

Sixteen minutes later, the ball was going round and round, before Roma striker Abraham crossed the ball with his chest for the oncoming Dybala, who then shot straight through to make it 1-0. Keeper Terracciano was unable to parry the central low shot.

Dybala sets Roma on course for the top flight

In the second period, the capital, coached by José Mourinho, switched to the administrative mode for a long time, which Dybala also mastered. The attacking midfielder struggled to take the ball away from him and worked the clock with his colleagues until the 82nd minute when Abraham played a precise cross into the centre to his congenial partner. Dybala thanked him and slid in for 2:0 (82nd).

The defeat of the offensively uninspiring Fiorentina, where only Kouamé showed a bit of will, was thus sealed – and the important three points for the Romans were secured. The capital city thus closed the gap with Lazio (2-0 at Sassuolo Calcio) and Atalanta (8-2 against US Salernitana), who had also won hours earlier, to 34 points each – and also moved closer to the Champions League places.