Welcome to Coppa Italia Final Day, boys and girls.
It’s the same day that Juventus has made a successful one the last couple of years. They’ve done it against Lazio, they’ve done it against Milan. And what do you know, Juve just so happens to be playing Milan in this season’s Coppa Italia final.
There is no Alvaro Morata to break Milan’s hearts this time around as there was a couple of years ago. But there is Douglas Costa in electric — yes, pun intended — form. There is always the possibility of Paulo Dybala’s left foot creating its latest bit of magic. There is always going to be the chance of Gonzalo Higuain doing not much of anything and then scoring the game-winning goal with 10 minutes to go.
There are a lot of interesting dynamics to this Coppa Italia final just as there was the last time these two clubs, two of Italy’s most-storied rivals, faced one another in Turin.
This time, however, we’re at the Stadio Olimpico in the Italian capital of Rome.
The same stadium where Juve Juve are a perfect 3-for-3 in Coppa Italia finals.
If they keep the perfection trend going, then we’re going to begin this week that could see Juve wrap up two domestic trophies on the same field against two of their biggest rivals.
That sounds like a good way to spend a couple of games, doesn’t it?
Why yes, yes it does.
And with a Scudetto all of one point away from being secured, it could be a pretty festive week around these Juventus parts. That means trophies. And parades. Who doesn’t like a Scudetto parade and the sight of Gigi Buffon lifting a trophy over his head as confetti rains down onto the field from the sky? I know I love both, and so should you.
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Kickoff time: 9 p.m. local time in Italy; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. on the East Coast; 12 p.m. high noon on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Buffon; Cuadrado, Barzagli, Benatia, Asamoah; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Mandzukic, Dybala
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, De Sciglio, Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Howedes, Alex Sandro, Marchisio, Bentancur, Sturaro, Bernardeschi, Higuain
Milan starting XI (4-3-3): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Locatelli, Bonaventura, Suso, Cutrone, Calhagnoglu
Milan bench: Storari, A. Donnarumma, Mauri, Kalinic, A. Silva, Borini, Zapata, Montolivo, Abate, Biglia, Musacchio, Antonelli
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