The Italian Cup resumes this week, with Roma taking on Sampdoria in a game that will allow the Giallorossi to provide a quick response to their weekend setback. Their undefeated streak was ended in emphatic fashion by Juventus, a 3-0 loss which they don’t have time to dwell upon.
Rudi Garcia may well be thankful for that, but the red cards for Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Castan means the coach has some difficult questions ahead. Given that they will be unavailable next weekend, he may opt to field both men, or he could also use the tie to allow Nicolas Burdisso and Mehdi Benatia to build an understanding before taking on Genoa this Sunday.
Yet the Giallorossi should not underestimate a resurgent Sampdoria, a side whose form belies their league position. Currently sitting 14th, they have lost just once—a 2-0 loss to Napoli on Monday—since replacing Delio Rossi with Sinisa Mihajlovic at the end of November.
As always, it is difficult to predict the line-ups for a midweek cup tie, but on the following pages are, in no particular order, the five key clashes of this encounter.
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