Three UEFA club tournaments dominated at the quarterfinal stage. It’s been a great season thus far for Luciano Spalletti and his Napoli squad, which is on its way to just the third Scudetto in the club’s illustrious history and the first Italian Serie A championship since 1990.
Napoli also won its lone piece of UEFA silverware that year, lifting the UEFA Cup.
That trophy cabinet in Naples might need to be dusted off, though: Spalletti’s side is 19 points clear at the top of Serie A with just nine matches to play, and can wrap up the title in the next few weeks. Napoli is also the second favorite to win the UEFA Champions League, after a draw which saw them get matched with fellow Serie A side AC Milan in the quarterfinals and then defending Serie A champions Internazionale or current Liga Nos (Portugal) leaders Benfica in the semifinals.
Three UEFA club tournaments dominated at the quarterfinal stage
But Spalletti is not the only Italian manager that is having a good year in the European competitions: 25 percent of the 24 teams left in the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League are headed by Italians. A stunning 50 percent of the eight Champions League teams have Italian managers, as the league undergoes a great revival in 2022-23.
SportsPedia broke down the countries and continents represented by the various teams still in the competitions, which will resume with the two-legged quarterfinal matches on April 11–13 and April 18–20.