Cristiano and Pirlo, to the final of the Italian Cup with Juventus

After winning the first leg at San Siro, Juve drew 0-0 with Inter in Turin with a great defensive performance and took the pass.

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Juventus will play its 20th Italian Cup final in May. La Vecchia Signora, after having triumphed 2-1 at San Siro, with a good defensive performance, drew 0-0 against Inter who only had to win the scudetto to not close another season without titles or joys.

Pirlo, as expected, started with Kulusevski next to Cristiano in the lead, leaving Morata out. Instead, in defense, he used Danilo instead of Cuadrado, who moved up to midfield, with Alex Sandro and Bernardeschi on the left wing. The Bianconeri started better, staying in control of the ball during the first 25 minutes, but in the final stretch of the first half the Milanese grew, locking the rivals in their area.

The Conte, who, without Vidal, preferred Eriksen to Gagliardini (and the Danish disappointed), created several occasions, some of which thanks to the unstoppable arrivals of Achraf. Lukaku and Lautaro, however, lived a night without any aim and encountered a Demiral in great shape several times. Cristiano, for his part, created dangers every time the ball reached him, but he also faced a tough opponent like Handanovic. The Interista goalkeeper denied the ex-Madrid player a goal in the resumption, which he undone with a couple of feints by Skriniar and Barella on the edge of the area, and hit the goalkeeper with a powerful right hand. The Milanese reinforced their attacks with Kolarov, Sensi and Perisic, but the revulsives failed to change the script. Pirlo responded by raising an even higher wall with Chiellini and McKennie, leaving the ball to his opponent who, with the passing of the minutes, began to lose hope and desire.

It seemed to cost Inter a world to score a goal and in the end had to surrender to the highly organized Juventine defense, the true star of the night. The 'Maestro', then, conquered his first Cup final as a coach and Cristiano will have another bullet to lift the only Italian title that resists him. His rival will meet him tomorrow: he will be the winner of the Atalanta-Napoli.



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