Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
A place in the Coppa Italia semis will be at stake when Lazio and Fiorentina face each other at Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening. The Biancocelesti set up a meeting with the Viola by beating Serie B side Cittadella 4-1, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the football game against Stefano Pioli’s troops. The capital club have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Fiorentina. The Viola recorded a hard-fought 3-2 win over Sampdoria in the last 16 of the Italian Cup, with Jordan Veretout scoring the winner in the dying minutes of the match. Lazio are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but Fiorentina have been showings signs of improvement of late and, taking everything into account, a close encounter is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Nani):
Nani is a product of Sporting CP’s famous youth academy. The pacey winger played 58 games for the capital club in Primeira Liga, scoring nine goals and in 2007 he joined Premier League side Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit for a fee of €25.5 million. He joined his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd and it has to be noted that Nani he spent eight seasons at the club. In 2014 he returned to Sporting (loan) and at the end of the 2014/2015 Primeira Liga campaign he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce. In 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Valencia for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Nani did remarkably well to win the 2016 European Championship trophy with Portugal and it has to be noted that he started against France in the title game. The Portuguese winger won the 2007/2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
Highlighted Team (Fiorentina):
AC Fiorentina was founded on 29th of August in 1926 after a fusion between Libertas and CS Firenze. Currently Fiorentina is playing his home games in the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence which can accomodate 47282 suppoters. The stadium was build in 1931 by Pier Luigi Nervi. De first prize ever won by Fiorentina was the CoppaItalia in the season of 1939/1940. The first Scudetto (name for the Serie A title) was in 1955/1956. One of the most important players in that season was the Brazilian Juninho. In 1996 he was rewarded as the best player in clubchistory. One year later Fiorentina lost the semi finals in the Euopean Cup 1 against Real Madrid. During that period of time Fiorentina won the Europan Cup 2 against Glasgow Rangers and the Coppa Italia as well. In total Fiorentina won the league title twice. Important football players that played for Fiorentina are: Batistuta, Baggio, Effenberg, Laudrup, Mijatovic and Rui Costa.