AS ROMA vs FIORENTINA Stadio Olimpico, Rome Thursday 19th March, 2015, 17:30 GMT *** Thursday’s Round of 16 Europa League return leg marks the fifth meeting this season between Roma and Fiorentina, the fourth since January alone. Coming from behind to grab an equalizer against Fiorentina last week in Firenze, Roma will look to take advantage of that crucial away goal in the second leg of this Round of 16 matchup. The last four fixtures have seen a win each for Roma and Fiorentina while the other two matches have finished in a draw. Fiorentina have already beaten Roma in a knockout tie in the capital this season, in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. On 3 February, a Mario Gomez double at the Stadio Olimpico gave Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina a 2-0 win a the coach’s first against his old club with the Viola. Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella won the 2000/01 Serie A title with Roma, and scored 83 goals in all […]

With the second division of Champions League having boiled down to the round of 16, lets take a look at the action an how some of heavy weights fared. English Teams Struggle Of the three remaining English Teams, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton, the one in poorest form in the local league has absolutely destroyed its opponent to storm into the round of 16. Everton faced Swiss side BSC Young Boys and handed them a thrashing. Having beaten them 4-1 away, there was almost no way back for the men in yellow and black. However back home Everton showed no mercy. Much like the terminator eliminating man, woman or child that stood in front of it, Everton went on to win 3-1 to take the aggregate score to 7-2. Romelu Lukaku has shone in this competition scoring a hatrick and a brace in each of the fixtures. Tottenham Hotspurs have been favourites for this competition in that past few games. Right […]

Europa League action returns to the White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur host Fiorentina in the first leg of the last-32 tie. The two teams go head-to-head on Thursday with an aim to gain an advantage to take to the second leg of the tie. Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that there are no injuries whatsoever in the Tottenham camp. The manager announced that everyone is fit and available for selection and that has given him a lot of choice ahead of deciding which 11 players he will field against Fiorentina. Pochettino said: a Everyone is fit a this is important a and now I must pick the players for Thursday night,a said Mauricio after training on Wednesday. a Ita s difficult for me to select the squad but thata s a good problem to have.a The fact that Tottenham has everyone at their disposal to select the starting 11 on Thursday makes it difficult to predict who will play. While […]

The group stage of the Champions League and Europa League concluded with all the six Serie A teams advancing to the knockout stages. AS Roma finished third in their group and as a result were a relegateda to Europea s second tier competition, the Europa League. While the exit was definitely a disappointment, for the sake of Italya s coefficient it could be a blessing. A move down to the Europa League will not yield the same financial package or prestige rewards but it presents an opportunity to improve their club ranking which might allow them to move from Pot 4 to 3 or maybe even 2. The other benefit if they go deep into the competition is that it will yield more co-efficient points. Portugal surpassed Italy briefly for one year which in turn gave them better seeding for the draws this term, however the way the ranking system works, Italy will return to number four at the end […]