Roma's quest for their 10th Coppa Italia gets underway today as the Giallorossi welcome Spezia to the Stadio Olimpico. And, as we all know, these two clubs have only met once before in their almost 200 years of shared existence: in the 2015 Coppa Italia. On that dark day, Roma was held in check by Spezia, with the then Serie B side forcing extra time before defeating Roma 4-2 on penalties.
It was a shocking defeat for many reasons and was ultimately the beginning of the end for Rudi Garcia, whose near three-year reign in Roma came to an end less than a month after that defeat.
Five years is ancient history in the sport of football, but it would still be nice to see Roma exact a bit of revenge on Spezia.
The lineups are in, let's get down to business!