Coppa Italia Quarterfinals Clashes Loom Large: Ronaldo, Roma, & San Siro

The quarterfinal round of the Coppa Italia begins this week. Here’s what to expect from this round of matchups, and when you can tune in to watch live, right here on FloFC. 

A.C. Milan vs. Napoli (Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2:45 p.m. ET)

  • Napoli are undefeated in nine of their last matches versus A.C. Milan in all competitions.

  • Milan have failed to win in their last five outings in the Coppa Italia (during normal time).

  • Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been unable to score in their last four outings at San Siro versus both Milan and Inter, but the Rossoneri are also goalless in their last five Coppa Italia fixtures (normal time only).

This fixture may look familiar, and that is because it is. These two sides faced each other in the league last Saturday, with the domestic encounter finishing 0-0. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti was sent off in that match, but will undoubtedly ring the changes before this repeat fixture gets underway in an attempt to put Milan to the sword this time around. 

The experienced boss—who has an esteemed reputation as a cup specialist—will be forced to watch this encounter from the stands, but his Partenopei side could have too much for Gennaro Gattuso’s men here.

Fiorentina vs. A.S. Roma (Wednesday, Jan. 30, 12:15 p.m. ET)

  • These two sides have conceded 11 goals in their past two Serie A matches. 

  • In November 2018, Roma battled to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but this was the only draw between the pair in the last six encounters.

  • There have been two goals or less scored in five of both Fiorentina and Roma’s last six Coppa Italia fixtures, but current form suggests this is an unlikely outcome this time around.

Wednesday’s earlier Coppa Italia fixture could see a truly thrilling encounter between two sides who score and concede goals in equal measure. Following a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at home to Sampdoria in week 20 of Serie A, Fiorentina showed their erratic side once again last weekend as they just about did enough to beat bottom-of-the-table Chievo Verona with a 4-3 win. 

Meanwhile, after coming out with a 3-2 victory at home to Torino, Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma would let a 3-0 away lead to Atalanta slip to a 3-3 draw. Expect the unexpected in this forthcoming quarterfinal clash, as it is certainly one that could end up with a high score from both sides.

Atalanta vs. Juventus (Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2:45 p.m. ET)

  • Juventus are undefeated in their last 26 matches against Atalanta in all competitions.

  • Atalanta are one of only two sides to take points off Juve in Serie A this term.

  • The Bianconeri have scored in every game they’ve played this season.

Among this weekend’s remarkable series of results, Atalanta’s stirring comeback against A.S. Roma has to rank among the best. Trailing 3-0 just before half time, the Bergamo-based side fought back to earn a thrilling 3-3 draw—in which they even missed a penalty—with one of Serie A’s best teams. 

Juve of course had their own battle in the Italian capital, going behind against Lazio before emerging 2-1 winners, and those two games showed that this Coppa Italia tie could be hugely entertaining. 

The teams met in the same stadium as recently as December, a 2-2 draw showing that Atalanta have every chance of gaining a positive result and there is no doubt this will be a fun match to watch.

Inter vs. Lazio (Thursday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Lazio are undefeated in their last five Coppa Italia matches

  • Inter have not lost to the Biancocelesti since January 2017.

Last season ended with these two teams going head-to-head for a Champions League berth, Inter eventually emerging with a 3-2 victory to take a spot in UEFA’s elite competition, and they followed that up with a 3-0 Serie A triumph over the same opponent back in October.

Since then however, the Nerazzurri have begun to stumble, winning just five of their last 14 games in all competitions. That run has seen them crash out of the Champions League and loosen their grip on third place in Serie A, opening the door for a resurgent Lazio side to take advantage here.

Simone Inzaghi’s men were unfortunate to lose to Juve last weekend, and they will take heart in knowing they have earned two wins and two draws in their last five games with Inter at San Siro.


Adam Digby is an Italian football writer for FourFourTwo, The Independent, and elsewhere. Author of "Juventus: A History In Black & White." Follow Adam on Twitter.

Chloe Beresford specializes in Serie A for a number of outlets and can be found on Twitter and on Facebook via her page CalcioByChloe.

Roma Defender Chris Smalling Has Been Stellar In Italy

As if he’d not made enough of an impression since joining AS Roma on loan from Manchester United in the summer, defender Chris Smalling really stood out as an exceptional talent on the week of his 30th birthday. 

Hofstra Coach Simon Riddiough Doesn't Need The Power 5 To Define Success

By Jerry Beach

Simon Riddiough, the head coach of the Hofstra women’s soccer team, spent about two minutes of a 21-minute interview Tuesday afternoon discussing why he’s content at the Long Island school and not planning to see if he can replicate his success with a higher-profile Power Five school that would offer the resources and opportunities to make a deep NCAA Tournament run that are generally lacking in the mid-major arena.

Carlo Ancelotti, Aurelio De Laurentiis & Napoli Are In Complete Chaos

It’s hard to believe that only as far back as April 22, 2018, Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in Turin to move top of the table with only four games remaining. Maurizio Sarri — himself now in charge at Juve — had broken the club record points total in each of the previous two campaigns, and would do so again in 2017-18, but the Naples men ultimately finished second, albeit with yet another unseen total of 91 points.

Canada Has An Opportunity To Prove Their Standing On Friday Against USMNT

This is the moment of truth for Canada's men's national team. 

Concacaf Nations League Returns For Final Group State In November

After nearly a month of waiting for the Concacaf Nations League to kick back into gear, the tournament is finally back this week with the final two matchdays in group play. 

Seattle Sounders & Toronto FC Clash With The MLS Cup On The Line

Just over a week after the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC went on the road and upset the favorites, MLS Cup 2019 is on the horizon as the 24th season in league history comes to a close. CenturyLink Field in Seattle will be the epicenter on Sunday at 3 PM when the two sides face off in the MLS Cup final for the third time in the past four years. 

Paulo Fonseca & The Unlikely Resurgence Of AS Roma In Serie A

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Potential USMNT Contributors From The Nations League Pre-Camp

November 15 could be a day of reckoning for Gregg Berhalter and the United States men's national team. After last month's 2-0 defeat to Canada — the first loss to their neighbors in 35 years — Berhalter needs a win in Orlando to help rectify the USA's position in the first-ever Concacaf Nations League. Anything other than a win would mean that Canada will advance to the semifinals, a shocking result for the U.S.

10 Things In Italy: Mario Balotelli, de Ligt Handballs & Conte's Inter

With the action in Italy heating up both on and off the field, it’s time to get you caught up with what’s been happening in the world of Serie A and, as always, “10 Things” is here to bring you right up to date.

Concaclusions, Ep. 9: Pulisic Strikes Again, Jiménez Haunts Arsenal

Another round of club play is in the books, and several of the region’s top players were in the headlines once again through clutch goals, quality performances, and even uncharacteristic errors.