Tonight the 2021 Italian Cup final will be played between Atalanta and Juve, at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, at 21:00. This is the 74th edition of the competition and will allow the winner to play the Italian Super Cup against Inter who won the Scudetto. Generally, the winner is entitled to participate in the Europa League but this year it will not be like that. In fact, Atalanta has already qualified for the Champions League and Juve will reach the Champions League or the Europa League in the last championship.
For the first time in the last 9 years, Juve are not the favorites, also because Atalanta is placed better in the Serie A standings but the predictions are sometimes not confirmed. Let’s see how it goes this time.
Italian Cup Final 2021 – The Teams Atalanta
is second in the league and, although there is still one day to go, they are already mathematically qualified for the next Champions League, the third in a row. Therefore, a very positive period continues for the Bergamaschi, who are experiencing perhaps the best phase of their history. Gasperini ‘s men , therefore, want to take home a trophy that would be the icing on the cake and we believe that they will play, as always, openly and without any awe.
That tonight is the fifth final of the Italian Cup for the Orobici, the second in 3 years, who in their entire history have won the competition only in 1963 against Turin. That match allowed Atalanta to win the only trophy in their history. In the last final played, which dates back to 2019, Atalanta had to surrender to Lazio, which won by 2 to 0.
The history of Juventus in this competition is, instead, of a very different depth, having won it for 13 times, over the course of 19 played finals; in fact, we are talking about the team that has won the most Italian Cups ever. The bianconeri reached the final also last season, losing on penalties against Gattuso’s Napoliafter a very balanced game. The last Italian Cup final won by Juve and that of 2018, when the bianconeri scrambled Milan, winning with a resounding score of 4-0.
2021 Italian Cup Final – The Probable Formations
Atalanta is fully presented and, forward, certainly relies on Zapata and Malinovskyi , with Pessina behind them in the playmaker version. Muriel and Ilicic , therefore, will most likely start from the bench, ready to take over in case of need.
In Juve there will be room for Buffon, who, by winning this final, will join Roberto Manciniwho so far is the player who has won the most, winning the trophy six times. Bonucci and Alex Sandro are unavailable and therefore Chiellini, De Light, Cuadrado and Danilo will form the Juventus defense. Forward Cristiano Ronaldo is untouchable and most likely Dybala will be his attacking partner. It is a very important match for Pirlo , whose confirmation next season is anything but obvious.
The precedents between the two teams in the Italian Cup are in favor of Juve who reported 6 wins, 4 defeats and 6 draws. In the league, on the other hand, this season the direct clashes favor Atalanta who obtained a victory and a draw against the bianconeri.
Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pessina; Malinovskyi, Zapata.
Available: Sportiello, Rossi, Palomino, Caldara, Ruggeri, Sutalo, Maehle, Pasalic, Miranchuk, Ilicic, Lammers, Muriel.
Buffon; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Chiellini, Danilo; McKennie, Rabiot, Bentancur, Church; Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Available: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Demiral, Bonucci, Frabotta, Arthur, Ramsey, Bernardeschi, Kulusevski, Morata.
Italian Cup Final Atalanta- Juve – Where to Watch It
The match will be broadcast on Rai 1 from 21:00 CET.