Juan Cuadrado to Juventus. Duvan Zapata and Luis Fernando Morell in favor of Atalanta in an unprecedented Coppa Italia final.
A final in which the Colombian flag is raised regardless of the winner. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will be looking for a new title with Juventus. Luis Fernando Morell and Dovan Zapata will want to be champions and make history with Atalanta in the Coppa Italia.
One dreams at the age of 63 to win the first title, while the other fears at the age of 41 after losing his triumphant aura: Gian Piero Gasperini and Andrea Pirlo will compete for the Coppa Italia on Wednesday in an unprecedented final between Atalanta and Juventus, marked by a return from ‘Tivosi’ to the stadium.
This Italian Cup, which Atalanta dreams of a lot to win after nearly 60 years (1963, Bergamasco’s only title), Juventus president Andrea Agnelli would likely be happy with Gasp in exchange for his place now. He got it in the UEFA Champions League.
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For Juventus, who are currently heading towards the European League in fifth place in the Italian league, everything will be played on Sunday on the last day of their match to three (for two Champions League tickets) with AC Milan (the third) and Napoli (the fourth)), to get a point.
Atalanta will have something to say in this exciting final, as they host Milan and will indirectly be able to please Juventus by beating the Rossoneri. But without any pressure: “Dea” has already qualified for the Champions League.
Thus Gasperini and his players can focus 100% on that trophy that the coach, who was a youth coach at Juventus (1994-2003), sees “the culmination of all these seasons”.
After failing in the final in 2019 against Lazio (0-2), Casperini had the opportunity to open his personal record and above all to score in the history of Italian football this “ Dea ” who led him for three years to unprecedented levels. Seduce, score and win.
Atalanta qualifies for the third time in a row for the Champions League and can claim the best final position in its history in Serie A on Sunday (2). Only one address is missing.
For his part, Pirlo can win his second (youth) coaching title, after the Italian Super Cup in January against Napoli (2-0).
But it is clear that the Bianconeri’s final title (13 Italian Cups on their record) will not make us forget the failed track in the Champions League (elimination in the second round against Porto), nor the relinquishment of the Scudetto to Inter Milan, after nine successive titles.
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But he will undoubtedly relieve this complex first season of “the Maestro”, whose future will be clearer after the end of the tournament. For a few days, the names of potential successors have appeared in Italian newspapers, talking about the possible return of Massimiliano Allegri (five titles with Juventus between 2015 and 2019) and the dream of Zinedine Zidane, the former Bianconero player.
For Italian football, this final in Reggio Emilia marks the return of Tivosi to the stadium, with 4,300 spectators on Wednesday, just under 20% of the capacity of the Mapei stadium (the usual stadium of Sassuolo), several times. One hundred from each club, but also guests, as well as medical personnel from the Emilia-Romagna region.
The managing director of the Italian Football League, Luigi Di Cervo, said this match “is a test of the future presence of the public at sporting events in Italy.” Typhusi will cancel the curfew imposed at 11:00 pm local time (9:00 pm GMT).
After welcoming several thousand spectators last week at the tennis tournament in Rome, a great date for the crowd will be the opening match of the European Football Championship, on June 11 at Olympico Stadium, between Italy and Turkey, with an expected number of about 16,000. (25% of the capacity of the capital’s stadium).
Atalanta also asked his fans not to gather to watch the match or celebrate in the event of a title win.