Atalanta Bergamo – Juventus: The Old Lady: Down But Not Dead (1-2)

The 2021 Coppa Italia Final looked to be an even duel between clubs on contrasting trajectories. Indeed, despite a setback, Atalanta's rotations from their 3-4-2-1 shape set the tone in the first half. But Juventus would go on to take control and show there is still life in this waning outfit.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

Atalanta continue to find favor with the divinities. Down in seventh place at the end of last calendar year, a miraculous turnaround has seen the team book a place in the Champions League for the third year in a row, leaving them on the brink of a historic second place finish. But the best could be yet to come. Facing their second cup final in the space of just three years, they hoped to avenge their loss against Lazio and crown this prosperous era under the tutelage of Gian Piero Gasperini with the glory of silverware.

The rise of the Bergamasco outfit has shaken the elite in Italy, not least Juventus. Fending off new foes, an old face in Antonio Conte has overseen a changing of the guard, guiding Inter to usurp the hegemony he set in motion nine years ago. Looking less imperious as the years have passed, a dismal campaign has left the former champions on the verge of falling out of the top four. But if

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