On the one hand, Napoli have made an impressive start. Two wins out of three in the league, for a side who lost their manager, as well as two key players, in the summer, is a definite positive.
But on the other hand, for a side with title aspirations who, before the season begins, are already, at best, second-best in a league containing the behemoth in Juventus, one defeat after three games looks too early already.
Napoli looked far from their best in the defeat at Sampdoria before the international break, and with Juventus having all of their games, Carlo Ancelotti and his side are already playing catch-up, even this early. They face another challenge this coming weekend, at home to a Fiorentina side who are in a bouncy mood, having won both of their games so far.
Stefano Pioli’s charges lie in third place despite playing a game less than most teams in the league, and so will be a tough nut to crack.
But Napoli have to find a way to crack that nut. Three points behind Juventus is already a blow, going further behind may well be a travesty.
Juventus, meanwhile, have begun the season with three wins from three, a perfect if not completely convincing form so far. Cristiano Ronaldo opting against going on international duty with Portugal in order to acclimatise with the environment in Turin is a positive note for the champions, who host Sassuolo this weekend.
Elsewhere, Parma face another big test early in their return to the Serie A with a trip to San Siro to face Inter, while Sampdoria face a trip to new boys Frosinone.
Roma host Chievo, Milan travel to Sardinia for a clash with Cagliari, Genoa welcome Bologna to the Luigi Ferraris, while Lazio visit Empoli.
Udinese v Torino
Juventus v Sassuolo
Napoli v Fiorentina
Genoa v Bologna
SPAL v Atalanta
Cagliari v AC Milan
Inter v Parma
Roma v Chievo
Frosinone v Sampdoria
Empoli v Lazio