Going into the second leg of the Coppa Italia, we find ourselves with a 2-1 advantage. This means as long as we don’t concede two goals, we will advance to the final. Let’s focus on the defensive phase and get the job done.
Buffon 6 - a veteran of big games, Buffon will be up for this one. He’ll make a timely save to keep the lads in it. He’ll finish the match with 4 saves
Cuadrado 6 - that right side is there for the taking against inter whether it Perisic, Young or Darmian. Juan’s final ball will be a bit off due to Pirlo’s safety first approach. His 1 on 1 defending will be quite good with 6 tackles won.
Demiral 5.5 - I like the Big Turks energy. He’ll need to be calm enough to escape disciplinary issues he has. I think inter may try to con that out of him to give them an advantage. He’ll be immense at defending and a bit suspect with the ball.
De Ligt 7 - I think the golden boy pockets Lukaku this match. I think he’ll want to prove to Pirlo that he needs to start every game. He’ll make 7 tackles, have 3 blocks and have 3 interceptions.
Danilo 5.5 - the experience Danilo carries makes me feel better that he will be on the left hand side of the back line. Bernardeschi with Sandro or frabotta would make me feel worried against Hakimi.
Bernardeschi 4.5 - the Italian gets another start. He will be super disappointing as always. He will try his best but he just doesn’t have the quality.
Bentancur 5.5 - the midfield tandem of him and Rabiot is boring and ineffective. Rodri will get bullied in midfield. As long as he doesn’t give the ball away cheaply, it shouldn’t cost the semi final.
Rabiot 5.5 - see above. I really want Rabiot to show everyone that potential Pirlo sees. He will not do it this game.
McKennie 6.5 - Big Wes will be the difference. His engine is something different and will be needed on both sides of the park. You need a tackle, he’s there. You need a high team press, he’s there. You need an extra man in the box, he’s there. Pretty reliable so far this year.
Kulusevski 5.5 - the Swede has his moments and I can’t wait for him to become the superstar he’s destined to be. He still won’t be a deciding factor in the big games just like against Inter
Ronaldo 6 - CR7 was the difference last week and the difference against Roma. I know I shouldn’t keep riding Ron at 36 but I’m gonna say he scores again.
Pirlo 6 - Pirlo keeps trying to balance the squad out and it has been working since 2021 began. We see this again with the XI. I will say it again, he needs to be proactive with his subs.
Juventus 1-1 Inter