The semi-finals of the Coppa Italia 2021 will be played next Tuesday and Wednesday. Juventus starts the Italian cup week against Inter on Tuesday evening. Napoli and Atalanta Bergamo will compete for a ticket to the final on Wednesday. Place your bet via NapoliSport.com and score the highest odds!
“Napoli is a quality team”
Last week, the first leg was played in Stadio San Paolo. Atalanta Bergamo was unable to book a lead there. It became a draw with 0-0, so everything is still possible in the Gewiss Stadium on Wednesday. Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was satisfied with his team. The coach knows that there is still a lot of work to be done in-house to kick Napoli out of the cup. “We have performed well at Napoli, but it is clear that Napoli is a quality team,” says the Atalanta trainer.
“Clubs in a similar situation”
By winning the Italian Cup, both teams can shorten the way to European football. The trainer of Atalanta knows that Napoli also has this in mind. “We are under pressure in every game. Much is expected of us. It’s not easy to always be in the right shape, but Napoli is in a similar situation. We will reset and be ready for the second stage,” said Gasperini at the end of his preview.
Gennaro Gattuso: “With Atalanta you never have a preference”
For Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso, this is the week of truth. The trainer is on the kick seat with the team from Napoli. According to the Italian media, it depends on whether the away game at Atalanta and next weekend’s league game against Juventus will be won. Gattuso himself also knows that it comes down to now. “Does 0-0 favour us for the return? We are not kidding. You never have the preference with Atalanta”, says the SSC Napoli trainer about the upcoming cup match against Atalanta.
“Made ourselves very difficult.”
According to the trainer, it was not possible to win against Atalanta in Naples. “We have made it very difficult for ourselves. We were not in shape because a lot of players had to rest”, Gattuso explains. The return game will be different, the Napoli coach expects. “On Wednesday, we will be on the field with fresh people and fully compete for the cup championship”, Gattuso concludes.
Head 2 Head
The last time Napoli went to Atalanta was on July 2, 2020. Atalanta then won 2-0 against the team from Naples. This was a league match. The last time the teams met in the Coppa Italia was in 2018. On January 2 of 2020, the quarter-final was played in Naples. Atalanta won that game 1-2, which made it through to the semi-final.
Current form Atalanta Bergamo
Atalanta Bergamo was unable to beat Torino in their own stadium last weekend. The team of trainer Gasperini immediately played 3-3 against the visitors. A few days earlier, the team, including Marten de Roon, Sam Lammers and Hans Hateboer in the selection, also failed to win 0-0 at Napoli, which means that the home game against the team Naples is still completely open.