Juventus have won plenty of things since they last held the Coppa Italia trophy above their heads in celebration. There's been a vast array of things — both good and pretty bad — that have gone down since Juventus beat Parma in the 1995 Coppa Italia, the ninth such victory in club history.
Tonight's final marks 20 years to the day minus a few weeks that Juventus last won the Coppa Italia, a 2-0 win over Parma at the Tardini. Juve won't be going to the land of prosciutto as great as that may sound. Instead, Juventus have made the short trip to Rome to face Lazio in their home stadium, one that is likely to be rowdy as all hell considering what's at stake.
But, what Juventus has on the line is something Lazio doesn't — the chance to win a 10th Coppa Italia and become the first Italian club to add a silver star to their uniforms.
Juventus vs. Lazio in the Coppa Italia final is today's objective. It's the first this final quartet of games that has so much riding on it. Okay, so maybe the middle two fixtures don't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but that last game of the season against Barcelona certainly does. Juventus want to win the Coppa Italia. Both Giorgio Chiellini and Max Allegei said so during their pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
Is the Coppa Italia the be-all, end-all of the season? No, of course not. But you have to think, with how this season has gone and how successful Juve have been, that adding a second trophy would be quite the icing on the cake. (In this case, the Champions League final would be a meal of its own entity. Like a five-course meal that would cost hundreds of dollars. Yeah, that sounds good.)
So, how about that silver star, fellas? Sound like a plan?
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Lazio will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. May this be the game where we see our 20-year wait for a 10th Coppa Italia come to a long-awaited end. And may we see Juventus players celebrating a domestic double at long last. Oh, and may Gigi Buffon lift that trophy above his head with all the joy and excitement you would expect from the guy they call Superman.
Today has the chance to be a really, really good day, guys.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Storari; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Vidal, Evra; Tevez, Llorente
Juventus bench: Buffon, Rubinho, De Ceglie, Marrone, Ogbonna, Asamoah, Sturaro, Padoin, Pepe, Coman, Matri, Pereyra
Lazio XI (3-4-3): Berisha; De Vrij, Gentiletti, Radu; Basta, Parolo, Cataldi, Lulic; Candreva, Klose, Felipe Anderson
Lazio bench: Marchetti, Strakosha, Braafheid, Cavanda, Ciani, Konko, Mauricio, Novaretti, Pereirinha, Ledesma, Onazi, Mauri, Keita, Djordjevic, Perea