Atalanta Bergamo – SS Lazio: Intense, Tight And Tactical Cup Final Falls Lazio’s Way (0-2)
Amidst the heated midfield duels, a tactical battle of the highest order was on display in the Italian cup final. From Gian Piero Gasperini’s failed, altered attacking setup to Joaquín Correa’s problematic false nine movements, this encounter had a lot of interesting tactical quirks. The tide never stopped turning, right until the very end.
Tactical analysis by Peter M.
Only ten days after these two sides’ last meeting - where Atalanta’s stake for a top four spot grew even stronger after beating Lazio 3-1 away - the two met once again, here, at the Stadio Olimpico – the home of Lazio and AS Roma. Lazio’s recent form pales in comparison to Atalanta’s run of thirteen games without defeat, which is why Gasperini’s men were considered clear favourites heading into this final.
There were some minor adjustments made by Gasperini for this match as Andrea Masiello returned to the back three, seeing a shift in the wing-backs. Hans Hateboer, on the right, and Timothy Castagne, on the left, were handed starting roles. Up front, one more change was put in place as Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez was restored the side ahead of Mario Pašalić, after being rested during Atalanta’s 2-1 home win over Genoa at the weekend.
Simone Inzaghi was slightly more forgiving with his changes from their 2-1 win over Cagliari, in which he had rested some of his key players. Felipe Caicedo, Milan Badelj, Ștefan Radu and Silvio Proto all dropped out of the side, as Ciro Immobile, Lucas . . .