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Coppa Italia Final Preview: Fiorentina and Inter duel in Rome

Before they travel to Istanbul to face Manchester City in one final, they must first travel to the capital to take on La Viola in the domestic cup final.


After having already won the Super Cup last January, Inter are now back on the pitch to play for the first of the two eagerly anticipated finals in this last act of the season. Before their appointment in Istanbul for the Champions League final against  Manchester City, there is the Coppa Italia final to be played against Vincenzo Italiano’s Fiorentina in the nation’s capital on Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico.

After rotating most of his squad on Sunday against Napoli,  Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi will not spare his very first players for this tournament finale.

Inzaghi will have to do without Mkhitaryan, due to an injury. However, there is good news from the rest of the squad, who will all be available to the coach. Samir Handanovic should start in goal for what could be his last ever game for the Nerazzurri. He had previously served his red card disqualification in the second leg against Juventus.

In the usual three-man defense in front of the captain, Darmian and Bastoni should play on either side of Francesco Acerbi. Dumfries and Dimarco should start on the wings, with the midfielders Barella, Brozovic and Calhanoglu in the center. In attack, Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko, the duo that beat Milan in the Champions League, should be back together from the first minute.

La Viola looking for their 7th domestic cup trophy-

Vincenzo Italiano’s Fiorentina will be trying to bring home their first trophy of the season, while the Conference League final against West Ham remains on the horizon in June. Winning this final for La Viola would bring them their first Italian Cup since 2001 and their seventh overall.
With the exception of the injured Sirigu, Italiano arrives at the capital with all of his squad available and with plenty of flexibility to choose his best 11 starters. The formation should be the manager’s usual 4-2-3-1. Terraciano should be starting in goal. The two full backs should be Dodò and Biraghi. Milenkovic will almost certainly play in central defense. Alongside him, Ranieri should be a slight favorite over Martinez Quarta. Igor should be available off the bench if called upon. Amrabat is certain for the midfield while Castrovilli should start next to him, although Mandragora is also hoping to start. For the trequarti, Inter should see the likes of Ikoné, Bonaventura and Nico Gonzalez. They will all support Cabral as the lone striker, with Jovic ready to enter as part of the second half reinforcements.

FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): Terracciano; Dodò, Milenkovic, Ranieri, Biraghi; Amrabat, Castrovilli; Ikoné, Bonaventura, Nico Gonzalez; Cabral.

INTER (3-5-2): Handanovic; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Lautaro, Dzeko.