Napoli beat Juventus to win Coppa Italia on Penalties (4-2)
A lackluster performance by Sarri’s men followed by an uneventful shootout saw them lose the final , as Gattuso bagged his first silverware in Italy
By Aneesh Dey
It was already a morose setting for a cup final with the Covid-19 risk keeping spectators away from the Stadio Olympico and Juventus’ vanilla display over 90 minutes did not do much to uplift the mood.
The Partenopei were deserving winners of their sixth Coppa Italia as they were clearly the better side over the course of the game, which ended in a stalemate. Juventus, on the other hand, looked lost throughout the game, with their star forward Cristiano Ronaldo displaying a thoroughly colourless performance.
The only positive from the Juventus camp was veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who made crucial stops, which led to believe that he had the perfect momentum going into the penalty shootout.
However, the penalty shootout did not transpire well for the Bianconeri as Dybala and Danilo both missed their penalties, while Napoli players kept their nerve. Napoli keeper Alex Meret, who only played because of David Ospina’s suspension boosted his camp’s morale by saving the very first penalty of the shootout taken by Argentine Paolo Dybala.
Cristiano Ronaldo, known for his mental prowess in clutch situations, did not take a penalty, which has left fans pondering on the reason behind doing so.
The loss implies that Sarri has to wait for his first silverware in Italy. Sarri rose to fame with his managerial stint with Napoli and even though he could not deliver trophies, he was respected by the fans because of the style of football he introduced in the club.
That vibrant style is yet to be seen in his Juventus outfit.