It’s certainly been a tumultuous week in the Romaverse. From the derby debacle last Friday to yet another embarrassing Coppa Italia exit at the hands of Spezia, to the rumors of a Fonseca sacking, there weren’t many dull moments. However, the news of an El Shaarawy return and beating out Juventus for Bryan Reynolds raised spirits a bit ahead of Saturday’s match against Spezia.
The fan reaction to yesterday's 4-3 victory over Spezia ran the full gamut of Roma emotions. From the elation of watching a born and bred Roman score a last-ditch winner to the pure empathy of witnessing Paulo Fonseca embrace his players, and yes, even to the segment of fans who didn't view a last-second winner against lowly Spezia as anything worthy of praise, Saturday's match against Spezia was practically the perfect encapsulation of the Roma experience.
AC Milan and Inter Milan resume their duel for the Serie A summit on Saturday days before they face off in their Italian Cup quarter-final clash at the San Siro. Leaders Milan are three points ahead of Inter before the weekend’s 19th round of games which marks the half-way point of the season. Stefano Pioli’s Milan face a tricky task at home to sixth-placed Atalanta, despite the Bergamo side losing momentum in recent games in draws with Genoa and Udinese.
|Champions League (League Winners): Milan|
|Champions League (League Position): Internazionale, Roma, Juventus|
|Europa Cup (League Position): Atalanta|
|Conference League (League Position): Napoli|
|Relegation (League Position): Cagliari, Parma, Crotone|