Everything points to an imminent war in Allianz Stadium tonight as Juventus take on AC Milan in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal tonight.
Despite the lockout of fans from sports venues as fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, tonight’s match remained a talking point among fans in Italy which incidentally was one of the epicenters of ravaging Covid-19.
The hype of the all-important match has hit the roof tops with Juve players wowed by the level of motivation shown by Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo who is hoping to find the net once more after scoring the equaliser for Juve in the first leg that ended 1-1 back in February.
The sides drew 1-1 in the first leg in February as Ante Rebic put Milan ahead before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for Juventus late on with a penalty which was awarded by VAR.
The Winner in today’s encounter will face either Napoli or Inter Milan in the final. Napoli have an advantage with a lone goal victory over Inter in the first leg.
According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Ronaldo’s Juventus team-mates have ‘never seen him this motivated’ for a game.
The 5-time Ballon d’ Or winner is eager for Juve who are top of Seria A and still in the Champions League, to win the treble this season.
Milan will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and pressure will be on Rebic to repeat his impressive performance in the first leg.
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli was appointed as Milan Manager in October last year and has won nine of his 22 games in charge so far with some analysts insinuating that a defeat might cost him his job. They are however unanimous that it will be a handful keeping ‘magical formular’ of Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala in check.