Roma Women are looking to make amends for their disappointing start to the season when they take on fellow title challengers Fiorentina on Sunday.
One of the powerhouses of women’s football in Italy, Fiorentina began the season with a 4-2 win in their derby with Florentia, while Roma came up short against Milan, losing 3-0.
However, there is still plenty of time for Roma to realise their potential, with five new signings having debuted against Milan. Of the quintet, Andrine Hegerberg was arguably the strongest, while Kaja Erzen and Andressa Alves showed promise down the right flank.
Fiorentina’s squad features three members of Italy’s 2019 Women’s World Cup squad – striker Ilaria Mauro, midfielder Alice Parisi and defender Alia Guagni, who serves as their captain. The trio have over 130 international caps between them, so there is certainly no dearth of experience among their ranks.
It was their new imports who made their mark against Florentia though, with Paloma Lazaro netting a brace and fellow signings Janelle Cordia and Lisa De Vanna completing the scoring.
Roma too have their exciting new players, who will take hope from the way Fiorentina allowed their opponents to score two goals to get back into the game last week, despite having held a 3-0 lead up to the hour mark. Milan were too resolute for Roma to stage a comeback in the season opener, but Fiorentina showed an uncharacteristically weak rearguard in their game that day.
Runners up in the league last season, Fiorentina have the second leg of their Champions League Round of 32 on Thursday to prepare for, but having lost 4-0 to Arsenal in the first fixture, are unlikely to rest their players in hope of a miracle turnaround – meaning Roma should have a strong side to contend with.
The game kicks off at 11:30am UK time on Sunday.