The Coppa Italia final wasn’t the one for ages – after a dire 90 minutes of football, only the penalties separated the two sides. However, Juventus’ sterile performance caught the eyes of many, and we’ll dive into some of the tactical nuances of the match, explaining how Gennaro Gattuso was able to shut down Maurizio Sarri’s star-studded side.
Napoli won the Coppa Italia 2020 beating Juventus on penalties after a nil-nil draw. The Partenopei won the penalty lottery scoring from all their four attempts, while Juventus missed their first two shots. The first post-COVID 19 Italian trophy is all for Gennaro Gattuso, who inherited a team on the verge of a breakdown and managed to put their pieces back together.
Behind closed doors at the San Paolo Stadium, Napoli held Inter onto a 1-1 tie in the second Coppa Italia Semi-Final, advancing to the final stage on a 2-1 aggregate score to meet Juventus on Wednesday, June 17. Dries Mertens equalized Christian Eriksen’s opener to become Napoli’s all-time best scorer at 122 – surpassing no less than Marek Hamsik.
The good news is that football is finally back in Italy, even if to see the first post-pandemic goals we’ll have to wait a little more. In a deserted Allianz Stadium, the second leg of the Coppa Italia Semi-Final between Juventus and Milan ended in a goalless draw, an outcome which qualified the Bianconeri to next week’s Final on away goals rule.