Under the sign of the Argentine Taurus, theamong others wins his ninth Cup of Italythe second in a row, surpassing the florentine 2-1 in the final at the Olympic. In Rome as in Riyadh, the band of Simone Inzaghi he confirms himself as a specialist in one-off games and after pocketing the Super Cup in January, he successfully defended the trophy taken from Juventus last year.
A victory that represents a formidable boost of confidence in the face of the challenge a Manchester City in the final of the Champions League, when, however, the level of performance will have to rise significantly to hope to achieve a fantastic treble. As Italiano had already said, the Viola had a tall mountain to climb, but until the end they did everything they could to bring the Cup back to Florence after 22 years, now postponing the date for the Conference final. Inzaghi was able to deploy the typical formation, with Handanovic instead of Onana and Dzeko preferred to Lukaku alongside Lautaro. Although always positive, the Bosnian has remained in his team-mate’s shadow, while the back three has suffered a bit and even Barella’s shaky start weighed on the Nerazzurri’s play at the start . But thanks also to the viola, with a very active Bonaventura in the trident with Ikonè and Gonzalez who were right behind the tip of Cabral.
“For us” asked the viola curve in its spectacular choreography and the team immediately satisfied it, finding the advantage already in the 3′ with Nico Gonzalez, left free on the right by the distracted Nerazzurri defenders following a cross from Ikonè. Fiorentina were beautiful, aggressive and focused and Inter suffered, risking being doubled with shots from Bonaventura and Amrabat and combining a bit of edge, with uncertain phrasing and several errors of measurement. The silence of the Interista ‘North’, protest against Istanbul’s ticket policy, lasted less than announced and gave a boost to the team, which raised the center of gravity and increased the pace . Dzeko found himself alone in front of Terracciano in the 23rd minute but missed the goal, a mistake he did not make in the 29th minute. Lautaro, kicked by Brozovic on the sideline for offside. It was the 100th Nerazzurri goal for Del Toro who, hovering over every ball, made life difficult for the Viola, guilty of often leaving inviting openings.
Too much for the talent of the Nerazzurri striker, punctual in picking up an invitation from Barella to double in the 37th minute, which left the Nerazzurri masters of the field of play until the break. Fiorentina started again eager to start first, but the only danger for Handanovic was a Cabral header after a Biraghi cross. Inzaghè was the first to change something, inserting Lukaku and De Vrij in place of Bastoni, while Italiano brought on Sottil and Mandragora for Ikonè and a lackluster Castrovilli, then Jovic in place of Amrabat to have more weight up front in the search for equality. . Handanovic turned away a dangerous shot from Gonzalez, while Inter relied on Lukaku to create dangerous chances, but the best was for the Viola, with Jovic heading home an impossible-to-miss ball, conceding effectively the cup to the Nerazzurri. Marotta has confirmed Inzaghi on the bench regardless of the results, which keep coming. The former striker, in charge of Lazio and Inter has played in eight finals between the Italian Cup and the Super Cup so far, collecting seven victories. And now we will go to Istanbul.
Source : IL Messaggero