The Coppa Italia 2022 final will be held on May 11, which means there are still three weeks left for the championship match. The availability of major players will decide who will start as favourites in this contest. Therefore, injuries could change the overall scenario before the all-important final. With the present situation in Serie A, Juventus’ only hope is to win the Coppa Italia. On the other hand, Inter Milan are playing for a double as they are in pole position to win Serie A. The squad strength of both Juventus and Inter Milan is discussed in this article.
The ideal Juventus formation and squad
Last summer, the Juventus team lost some of their key players, including Cristiano Ronaldo. They also replaced Andrea Pirlo with Massimiliano Allegri as manager. Allegri’s team has struggled to compete for the title all season, and their main goal now is to finish in the top four in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League. However, an opportunity arises for Juventus to finish the season with a trophy. They beat Fiorentina 2-0 at home on Wednesday (April 20) and advanced to the final on a 3-0 aggregate.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri’s ideal formation is a traditional 4-4-2, which can be switched to a 4-33 style. He started to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation as the season progressed. Against Inter Milan, Allegri may go with his squad strength to take the game deep. Let’s take a glance at the Juventus squad.
Wojciech Szczęsny is Juventus’ No. 1 goalkeeper since legend Gianluigi Buffon left the club in the summer of 2017. Szczęsny has done well as a keeper for the Turin side. Mattia Perin is the second-choice keeper for Juventus.
Juventus have some world-class defenders such as captain Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs de Ligt, Juan Cuadrado, Alex Sandro and Danilo. With these kinds of options, Allegri should feel confident with his defense.
They have some quality midfielders but don’t have many options. Arthur, Denis Zakaria, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Chiesa, and Federico Bernardeschi are Juventus’ first-team midfielders.
In the January transfer window, Juventus signed the highly talented Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina to strengthen their forward line. He, along with Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata, and Moise Kean, will be the options for Juventus’ forward line.
Inter Milan’s squad and preferred style of play
Inter Milan let Romelu Lukaku go to Chelsea during the 2021 summer transfer window. This decision hasn’t affected much in their quest for a Serie A title. However, Inter Milan’s dream of showing commanding performance in the UEFA Champions League was dashed as they were knocked out by Liverpool in the round of 16 phase. Inter’s 2021–2022 season will still be regarded as very successful if they can win the domestic double. Inter Milan beat their arch-rivals AC Milan 3-0 at home on Wednesday and secured a place in the Coppa Italia 2022 final.
Inter Milan won the 2020–2021 Serie A title with Antonio Conte’s defensive style of play. However, things started to change when Simone Inzaghi was appointed as the new head coach. He prefers an attacking style of play and uses his defense and forward-line players for more versatility up front. Inzaghi’s ideal formation is 3-5-2, and he even deploys a 2-3-3-2 formation for quick press.
Inter’s captain Samir Handanovic, is one of the best goalkeepers in the Italian Serie A. Alex Cordaz and Ionut Radu are the other two goalkeeping options for Inter Milan.
Aleksandar Kolarov, Denzel Dumfries, Stefan de Vrij, Andrea Ranocchia, and Danilo D’Ambrosio are some of the main players in Inter’s defense. This defense unit has looked solid for their team.
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Inter Milan have several midfield options, including Roberto Gagliardini, Matias Vecino, Ivan Perisic, Hakan alhanoglu, Arturo Vidal, and Nicolo Barella. These players have implemented coach Simone’s plan on the field.
Inter Milan’s Alexis Sanchez, Edin Dzeko, and Lautaro Martinez have all performed well for the team. In particular, Lautaro Martinez is in fine form and is leading the attacking half for Inter Milan.
The Coppa Italia 2022 final match between Juventus and Inter Milan will be a huge tactical duel. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus will most likely use a traditional 4-4-2 formation. Oppositely, Simone Inzaghi may use as many as multiple midfielders to seize control of the midfield. The game is also significant for both teams because these two teams will meet in a domestic cup final match for the first time in 57 years. The last time they faced in a Coppa Italia final was in 1965. Juventus won the Italian Cup that year by a solitary goal. Which team will have the last laugh on May 11 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome?
Source: United News of Bangladesh