Fresh off their frustrating 2-1 loss to AC Milan on Sunday, Roma now finds themselves on the outside of the top four, trailing fourth place Atalanta by two points. Paulo Fonseca already had an incredibly thin margin for error in his pursuit of Champions League qualification next season, but after last weekend's defeat, those margins no longer exist; Roma simply cannot afford to drop any points from here on out, not when you have five clubs separated by six points fighting for two places.
Franco Tancredi not only followed Fabio Capello as a goalkeeping coach wherever Capello went as a manager (including Roma, Real Madrid, and the England team), but Tancredi’s playing career saw him win the Scudetto and several cups when he was wearing the number one jersey for those glorious Roma sides of the 1980s. That was improbable at the very start of Tancredi’s career; one where he was written off in Milan as a good-but-not-good-enough talent before he “redeemed” himself in Rome.
Roma and AC Milan went into this fixture as the two Serie A teams who’ve scored the most penalties this season, with AC Milan having dispatched 10 penalties to Roma’s 6. More importantly for AC Milan, however, is the fact they’ve scored twice as many penalties than any other Serie A club during the 0-0 phase of league games. This evening followed that trend for the visitors.
|Champions League (League Winners): Internazionale|
|Champions League (League Position): Milan, Juventus, Atalanta|
|Europa Cup (League Position): Roma|
|Conference League (League Position): Napoli|
|Relegation (League Position): Torino, Parma, Crotone|