Fiorentina – Internazionale: Martínez Makes It Back-To-Back Coppas Italia For Inter (1-2)
It was time for the first of two big finals at the end of the season for Fiorentina and Inter. On Wednesday night, the latter defended their Coppa Italia crown against the Europa Conference League finalists, having also qualified for the Champions League final themselves. They did emerge successful, but without producing the best of performances.
Tactical analysis and match report by Neel Shelat.
Fiorentina recently became the first team ever to qualify for the finals of four different UEFA competitions after they beat FC Basel in dramatic fashion in Switzerland, setting up a fantastic climax to what has been a so-so season on the whole. After mixing in with the big seven last year, they have dropped back into the mid-table pack this time around in Serie A but made up for that with two terrific cup runs. So, they found themselves one result away from lifting their first major trophy since 2001.
Inter’s season has been similar in the sense that they have made up for some slight underperformance in the league with sensational cup campaigns, especially since the turn of the year. Their first big success was winning the Supercoppa Italiana, after which their Champions League knockout run began with triumphs over Portugal’s top two. They then qualified for another Coppa Italia final by beating Juventus, before going on to make it to Europe’s biggest match by comfortably defeating local rivals Milan. So, it all came down to two big games in about two weeks.
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