Atalanta will face Lazio at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, in Bergamo at the Final game of Italian Coppa Italia. Atalanta against Lazio is the match with big interest after their previous matches at Italian Serie A and games through the Coppa Italia. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Atalanta BC made a big step forward to end the season as good as it was possible. They have unbeaten 13 games streak with 9 wins in different competitions. Very likely that next season they will be among 4 teams in Champions League groups stage, as they now are 3 points away from 5th place in Serie A and possibly will finish at 3rd place. Moreover, they won 5 games in a row in different competitions. In Serie A, Colombian Duvan Zapata has already scored 22 goals and 7 assists.
In Coppa Italia, Atalanta made a big work and made everything to be Finalist of the Tournament. 1/8 Final they won against Cagliari confidently with 2:0 result. Then, in Quarter-final, they met Juventus, were looked like Atalanta had no chance, but surprised everyone and won against the favorites with a 3:0 score. The Semi-final was very interesting, resultative and tough, as they have drawn the first leg by 3:3 result with Fiorentina. The second leg started from Fiorentina’s early goal at the 3rd minute of the match, however, Atalanta showed character and finally won the match with 2:1 and become the Finalist of the Coppa Italia.
The team will play without any big losses since the next game will miss only Rafael Toloi.
SS Lazio this year played very unstable football. They had injury problems and very often played badly even against weak teams. Very likely, that they will finish the season out of the top6 places and without European competitions. Now Lazio has 4 points difference with AS Roma and AC Milan, and there are 2 games left until the end of the season. The Eagles played this season in UEFA Europa League and reached the 1/16 Finals, unfortunately losing to Sevilla in both legs. Ciro Immobile is the best striker of the team, with 14 goals and 5 assists in Serie A.
In Coppa Italia, their path started from confident 4:1 win against Novara in 1/8 Final. Then, in Quarter-final, the faced much stronger opponent – Internazionale form Milan. Regular time finished without any scored goals. However in extra time, Immobile scored a goal after Caicedo assist, and in additional time Mauro Icardi equalized the score by accurate penalty after Stefan Radu fault and a straight red card. In Semi-final they faced Gattuso’s AC Milan and drawn first game with 0:0 result. However, second leg they won with 1:0 result, being more dangerous and accurate.
Unfortunately, an absent crisis still continues. SS Lazio will play next game without Jordan Lukaku, Valon Berish, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Patric and Thomas Strakosha due to injuries. Moreover, Stefan Radu and Dusan Basta will miss the next game due to suspensions.
These teams already played twice this season in Serie A. Both times Atalanta was stronger, as they won the home match with 1:0 result, and then in Rome overtook SS Lazio in a resultative 3:1 match.
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