Milan’s giants will do battle within the Italian Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday after a disappointing weekend of Serie A motion for Italy’s prime two groups. League leaders AC Milan have been swept away 3-0 by Atalanta on the San Siro on Saturday, similtaneously second-placed Inter Milan might solely handle a goalless draw at Udinese which leaves them two factors behind their metropolis rivals. The groups’ star strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku, who’ve every bagged 12 targets this league marketing campaign, each drew a clean on the weekend however will probably be hoping for extra from the second assembly this season between the 2 groups.
Milan’s veteran ahead Ibrahimovic scored a brace the final time they met in a 2-1 league win in October, with Lukaku additionally netting for Inter.
Ibrahimovic returned for Milan this month after seven weeks out injured, scoring a brace towards Cagliari, and is in search of his first Cup aim of the season.
Lukaku headed in an extra-time winner towards Fiorentina within the final 16, however the Belgium ahead has failed to attain in Inter’s final 4 league video games.
Their trophy hopes now lie on home success after their early European exit.
“Winning the Scudetto and qualifying for the Champions League can be important for Inter, however the Italian Cup is a trophy that we respect,” mentioned coach Antonio Conte.
“We won’t be taking it lightly and will try to win, as we always do.”
Inter’s final main trophy was the 2011 Italian Cup, whereas Milan — who final gained the league that very same yr — haven’t tasted success within the competitors since 2003.
Making it by means of to the final 4 by beating such robust opposition on Tuesday can be enormous after their limp defeat by Atalanta.
“The Italian Cup derby could bring us to the semi-finals but above all it’s an opportunity to immediately turn the page and avoid a difficult emotional crisis,” mentioned Milan coach Stefano Pioli.
Holders Napoli are additionally in search of a raise Thursday as they tackle Serie A newcomers Spezia, who dumped Roma out of the event final week.
Gennaro Gattuso’s aspect misplaced the Italian Super Cup to Juventus final week and fell 3-1 at Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday.
Juventus, winners of 4 of the final six Italian Cups, tackle the one Serie B aspect remaining, SPAL.
Atalanta — whose solely main trophy was the Italian Cup in 1963 — host Lazio, winners in 2019, with the 2 sides set for a return journey once more subsequent weekend within the league.
Winners undergo to a two-legged semi-final on February 3 and 10, with the ultimate on May 19.
Fixtures (all occasions GMT)
Tuesday, Jan 26
Inter Milan v AC Milan (1945)
Wednesday, Jan 27
Atalanta v Lazio (1645), Juventus v SPAL (1945)
Thursday, Jan 28
Napoli v Spezia (2000)
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