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Match Preview: Atalanta vs Lazio – Coppa Italia Final

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The 2019 Coppa Italia Final will take place at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night, as Atalanta and Lazio go head-to-head for the trophy.

Atalanta are definitely enjoying the greatest season in the history of the club. They have reached the Coppa Italia final for the first time in 22 years, chasing their second trophy in the competition.

The Goddess is also only two games away from securing Champions League football for the first time ever in club’s history, which would be a massive achievement for a club of its magnitude.

Road to the Final:

Round of 16 – Cagliari 0-2 Atalanta
Quarter-final – Atalanta 3-0 Juventus
Semi-finals – Atalanta 5-4 Fiorentina (3-3 and 2-1)

Lazio are eyeing their seventh crown in the Italian Cup. They’ve won in for the last time in 2013, while their last appearance in the final two years ago when they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Juventus.

The Biancocelesti failed to book their place in the Champions League and they surely want to save the season with a win in the Coppa Italia.

Road to the Final:

Round of 16 – Lazio 4-1 Novara
Quarter-finals – Inter 1-1 Lazio (3-4 on penalties)
Semi-finals – Lazio 1-0 Milan (0-0 and 1-0)

Team news

Central defender Rafael Toloi will miss the final for La Dea due to tendon issue, but Gasperini has no fresh injury concerns as his side travels to the capital.

Duvan Zapata with 27 goals and eight assists and Alejandro Gomez with 10 goals and 13 assists across all competitions are expected to lead Atalanta’s attack at the Olimpico on Wednesday night.

Lazio will make a late decision on the involvement of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is currently struggling with an ankle injury.

Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha is a major doubt as well due to an Achilles problem, while long term absentees Jordan Lukaku and Valon Berisha will miss the Coppa Italia Final following knee surgeries.

What did the managers say

Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini said there is no reason for him to leave the club at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, as we’ve already reported.

“What should another squad tell me to convince me to manage them? At this moment we’re living something fantastic, I don’t understand these discussions.

“I have a great relationship with the president, he knows my ideas and thoughts very well. Then I don’t know if in the future Atalanta will reach the Champions League, Europa League or Coppa Italia, but it’s the last thing on my mind at the moment.”

Simone Inzaghi talked about his team ahead of the Coppa Italia Final. He said that one of his three forwards Caicedo, Immobile and Correa will probably start the game on the bench.

“Ahead of Atalanta everyone is on the equal ground but I think that only two will play. We will see in the coming days, I will try to make the fairest decision,” he said via GDM.

“Whoever will come on as a substitute will be a difference maker. My objective is to come to Wednesday morning with all the players available, something that has been infrequent this year.

“We are evaluating Milinkovic; yesterday he took part in training but the reactions were not the absolute best. Badelj is doing well, Leiva is doing things well also. So everyone must recover to make the best choices Wednesday.”