Ronaldo’s Juventus against aspirational Atalanta in Coppa Italia final

Rome, May 18 (EFE).- The Coppa Italia final between Atalanta and Juventus gives the Turin side a chance to salvage something from an otherwise disappointing season.

There is a lot of media speculation as to whether this will be one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s last games with the Bianconeri, whose grasp on a Champions League spot next year is now out of their hands.

A win on Wednesday night would secure Juventus a record-extending 14th Coppa Italia.

But it will be no easy feat, even with Ronaldo, the Serie A’s top scorer, in the starting lineup.

Atalanta’s fairytale rise to the top end of the league appears to have legs. They are second in the Serie A table with 78 points, 10 behind champions Inter Milan, and have already secured a Champions League ticket for next season, having made the quarterfinals in 2019/20 and the last-16 this year.

The Bergamo-based team are hunting their second Coppa Italia title after their 1963 success.

Atalanta will hope to build on this momentum to win the title they failed to hoist a couple of years ago when they lost to Lazio in the final.

Both finalists will have a boost as over 4,000 fans will be allowed to attend a soccer match for the first time since October.

Spectators will be required to present a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate or proof they have recovered from the coronavirus. EFE


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