ROME - Troubled by injuries and unconvincing results, Roma and Inter Milan would rather postpone Italian Cup action, but hope to turn it from a source of fatigue into a chance of recovery.
Roma and Fiorentina meet Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup after drawing in Serie A action, which left the Rome Giallorossi particularly disappointed.
The league weekend was positive for Napoli, who won 2-1 at Chievo and on Wednesday tackle troubled Inter Milan with two more semi-final places up for grabs alongside Juventus and Lazio in the semi-finals.
Fiorentina were pleased with their 1-1 draw Saturday at Genoa and had minor complaints for not profiting from the late dismissal of the hosts' defender Nicolas Burdisso.
"As (scoring) chances are concerned, Genoa did a little more," La Viola coach Vincenzo Montella said. "But the game was even and the result is to be accepted. We lacked a little order. Our nerves were a little tired, but it was a point we gained."
The mood of Roma boss Rudi Garcia was gloomier after a 1-1 home draw against minnows Empoli, the fourth straight in a run that also included a 1-1 draw with La Viola on January 25.
Argentine forward Juan Iturbe hurt a leg and is to be out for more than a month to join Kevin Strootman on the Giallorossi's injured list.
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Also out are forwards Gervinho and new signing Seydou Doumbia, both at the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.
"Unfortunately I have little choices available," Garcia said. "In this moment we must bite the bullet and do all we can to get back to winning.
"We only have to look ahead to the next game in the cup against Fiorentina. In this moment we have many problems and only three days to recuperate."
As Fiorentina stayed sixth with an Europa League berth in their sights, second-place Roma remained seven points adrift of Juventus, who drew 0-0 at Udinese, but saw Napoli close within four points.
The Naples side now aim for second place, which ensures direct Champions League qualification. But with 17 domestic league games left, coach Rafael Benitez declined to make long-term plans.
"We must play game by game with the same intensity," he said. "We do not lack good players. In the end we will do the reckoning."
Numbers, meanwhile, are grim at Inter after a 3-1 crash at Sassuolo, the second straight in the league, which left the Nerazzurri in 13th position, eight points behind the Europa League zone.
"Everything goes wrong," coach Roberto Mancini said. "The team got well into the game, very well. They pressed, had two occasions, were in control, and on the first occasion we conceded a goal."
Inter or Napoli are to play Lazio in the two-leg semi-finals set for March 3 and April 8, when Juve are to tackle either Roma or Fiorentina.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.