Atalanta is waiting for Lazio in the final of Coppa Italia. The match will be played on Wednesday, May 15th at Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
The team from Bergamo spends a truly outstanding season. The attack of Atalanta looks incredibly powerful, and the team is right to be compared with Ajax. The coach Gian Piero Gasperini has done much work. Surely, no one has the heart to say that Atalanta does not deserve a ticket to the Champions League. Moreover, it is rather strange that not Gasperini but Roberto Mancini was called the best coach of the season. Three rounds before the end of the season, Atalanta ranks 4th in the Serie A standings, which gives the right to play in the Champions League. The team lags behind Inter by only one point, but at the same time, the pursuers must be taken into account - Milan, Roma and Torino also keep fighting for the Champions League, and they have only 3-5 points less. Atalanta is a special team. Like other Italian teams from provincial towns, it does not have great financial capabilities but plays dominant football. In this season of Serie A, Atalanta is the most scoring team and has the greatest percent of ball possession. For the third year in a row, Atalanta progresses to European cups, despite the fact that it sells its players every off-season. The main reason for such results is a special coach. As soon as Gasperini came to Atalanta, the team immediately ranked fourth in Serie A. Josep Guardiola himself came to his lectures. The game system of Gasperini is incredibly resistant to changes, and flank cuts are deadly for almost everyone in Italy. Atalanta hasn’t lost in the home arena for 12 matches. In the Cup, the team from Bergamo confidently coped with Juventus. Perhaps, Gasperini’s men lack class in some cases because they score not too much, if we look at the number of attempts that they create.
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Lazio is on the verge of failure but has a chance to fix it. Unlike Atalanta, the Eagles do not show spectacular football. In the Europa League, they did not achieve anything, losing to the first more or less serious competitor. Their game against the top clubs is especially upsetting; Lazio simply can’t win them. The Eagles have no problems with the teams from the bottom of the standings, but with serious opponents, their game is terrible. Three rounds before the end of the season in Serie A, Lazio" ranks 8th, which does not give the right to claim even the Europa League. The Eagles round out the tight group of contestants for the Champions League, but the chances to get there are only theoretical. For Simone Inzaghi, the Italian Cup is a great opportunity to brighten up the season. If the Eagles manage to gain the trophy, it will be a startling success, because the game of the team leaves much to be desired this year.
In this season, Atalanta beat Lazio twice in the championship. First, the team managed to win in Bergamo with a 1:0 score, scoring a single goal in the first minute of the meeting. Interestingly, the men of Gasperini didn’t act like themselves in that meeting because they delivered only 4 shots on goal. In the second leg match, which was played only a few days ago in Rome, Atalanta celebrated a moral victory - 3: 1.
Bookmakers give the same odds for the winner of the cup final. Of course, neutral fans would like Atalanta to qualify for the Champions League and to raise the Italian Cup above their heads as well. The players of Gasperini deserve this because of their game, and they will be able to win in the final match, given the dominant style and a great desire.
Prediction for the match: Atalanta to win