Italian club AS Roma were at the end of a defeat against Fiorentina in the quarterfinals and will aim to return to winning ways when they take to the field against AC Milan in the Serie A on Sunday.
The Romans then played their worst cup game of the season on Wednesday with Fiorentina thrashing Roma 7-1 in Florence, reports Efe news.
Now Roma has to find a way to regroup and return to playing their best against Milan amid a dogfight for the fourth spot in the standings which involves five teams separated by only three points: Milan with 35 points, Roma (34) and Sampdoria (33) as well as Lazio and Atalanta, both having 32 points.
A victory against Milan would be important as it would allow Roma to leapfrog to fourth place in Serie A and set the Romans up to – if they keep winning – securing a UEFA Champions League spot next season.
The Serie A top-4 teams at the end of the season qualify for the following season’s UEFA Champions League, while the fifth-placed team only earns a Europa League berth and the sixth-placed club progresses to the Europa Cup qualification rounds.
As for Milan, the club appears to be, in some ways, a new squad as the northern Italian team is without Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Chelsea, and is now led by a new striker, Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, who joined it in January from Genoa for 35 million euro ($40.15 million).
Piatek, 23, will likely be a headache for the Roma defence, having scored twice over a 17-minute stretch at his second game with his new club, which has catapulted Milan to the Italian Cup semifinals on Tuesday at Napoli’s expense.