All eyes across Italy will be locked-in and fixated towards the Stadio Olimpico this evening as Inter are set to face Fiorentina within the Coppa Italia finals.
Despite both Italian clubs’ worrisome run of form within the early stages of this year’s campaigns, the two finalists enter this fixture with immense confidence and coming off a superb string of results.
As for the Nerazzurri, the defending champions of the domestic tournament have only lost a single match within their last ten fixtures across all competitions.In addition, they have managed to triumph over cross-city rivals Milan 3-0 on aggregate within the semi-finals of the Champions League, booking their ticket to Istanbul where they will make an appearance within the grand finale against Premier League giants Manchester City for the first time in 13 years.
However, Inzaghi winning his fourth piece of silverware throughout his first two seasons with the Beneamata is not as easy as a task some might assume as La Viola have only lost a single match within the their last five fixtures within the Serie A, causing Italiano’s men to enter the blockbuster matchup thriving with confidence as they are eager to win their first Coppa Italia since 2001.
Furthermore, after losing 2-1 to Basel at the Stadio Artemio Franchi within the first leg of the Europa League finals, Fiorentina managed to turn the tables around with an Antonin Barak last-minute winner to make it 4-3 on aggregate and secure their spot in Prague where they will face Premier League outfits West Ham.
With an enticing edition of the Coppa Italia finals underway, the Get Italian Football News team had SempreInter and FirenzeViola journalist Lorenzo Lepore exclusively provide his thoughts on the vital fixture:
Lepore was first asked to discuss his thoughts on the incredible second-leg of the Conference League semi-finals, which enabled Italiano’s men to have a shot at seizing European glory for the first time since 1961.
He stated: “It was a crazy match. Fiorentina had so many opportunities and absolutely deserved to win. Before the match I had high hopes but I knew that it wouldn’t be easy, Basel’s defence is good and their stadium is a really difficult pitch, intense fans and you had to do a comeback, not easy. I think that this win was important as it allowed Fiorentina to have confidence going into the finals Wednesday evening. The two finals are both really complicated but for a Fiorentina fan it is special to be there after a long time so let’s see how the things goes.”
In addition, Lepore was also asked about how he sees the Coppa Italia final playing out and who he considers the favourites to seize the domestic trophy:
He mentioned: “I think that this final is more complicated than the Conference League one for Fiorentina. Inzaghi and Inter are doing an amazing job within both the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, so they will maybe be more pumped than us because they recently gained the Champions League final so it’s not an easy one. They also have a really great team and have so much experience in playing these cup finals. Let’s see, in this moment I see Inter as the favourites to win the Coppa Italia.”
Julian Faustini Ι GIFN