Football in Italy is officially starting today June 12 and not on June 20 as many thought. It is starting with the 2nd leg semi final matches of the Italian Cup Coppa Italia, the final of the Tournament will be played on June 17 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome before Seria A returns on June 20.
The First Leg of the tie ended on 1-1, as a stoppage late penalty from Ronaldo handed the Biaconeri lifeline towards the 2nd leg. Ac Milan will be looking toward getting a better result away from home, with their first game since the past three month while Juventus will bask on their away goal and aim to make their chances of getting to Rome better.
Juventus return to action after a three-month break to resume on all three fronts as they attempt stay alive in the Coppa Italia along with the Serie A title race and the Champions League.
The first leg in Milan was 1-1 and Juventus produced a particularly poor display so they know they will have to improve significantly on that effort here so major rotations are highly unlikely by Maurizio Sarri.
Buffon will start in goal as he has done throughout this Coppa campaign while Demiral is out long term so there only remains a question mark over Higuain as the rest of the squad are fit and healthy. Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to spearhead the teams attack, as he is among the team squad for the game.
Milan were continuing to prove incredibly inconsistent prior to the break in play but they did raise their game in the first leg against Juve and they will have to do the same here if they are to progress to the final.
Their task is made all the harder by three suspensions as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Samu Castillejo and Theo Hernandez are all ruled out which significantly reduces Stefano Pioli’s option for this second leg.
With Juve holding the away goal, Milan know they need to at least score one in this game so Pioli will have to decide whether to give Rafael Leao a start in attack or play with a false nine in Hasan Calhanoglu.
A win for Juventus today will see them face the winner of the 2nd semi final match between Napoli and Inter Milan, Napoli won the 1st leg 0 – 1 away from home.
With cup holders Lazio already eliminated we are sure to see a new cup champion after the finals in Rome.