Fiorentina welcomed Roma to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in the quarter-final stage of the Coppa Italia. Having won the competition six times, the Viola looked to put on a good performance against the side from the capital, who arrived on the back of a disappointing 3-3 draw against Atalanta after going ahead 3-0.
If the Giallorossi were looking to redeem themselves after their poor defensive showing against a high scoring Atalanta side, they will need to look harder. The 7-1 defeat left their supporters shocked and Eusebio Di Francesco having to deny reports that he would resign.
Former Inter boss Stefano Pioli made four changes from the side that beat bottom club Chievo Verona away 4-3 at the weekend. Giovanni Simeone started the game on the bench and Luis Muriel led the line for the home side. In midfield, Christian Norgaard returned to the bench after his first action in a month to be replaced by Edmilson Fernandes, who signed on-loan from West Ham United in the summer.
Roma also made four changes from the weekend, with the biggest move being to start Patrik Schick and leave ex-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on the bench. Summer signing Javier Pastore also started his second consecutive Coppa Italia match, replacing Lorenzo Pellegrini and playing behind the striker.
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