Former Inter and Fiorentina midfielder David Pizzaro believes the Coppa Italia final between the two teams is even, on a technical level. The Chilean was speaking with Corriere dello Sport ahead of tomorrows final, and talked through the two sides, explaining why he believes the match is far more even than may be made out, and how he would try and stop a fearsome attack like Inter’s:
“I want to be clear, there is no prediction already written. It’s true, Inter are in the Champions League final and they are scary, but Fiorentina haven’t won a trophy for too long and at these levels what makes the difference is enthusiasm.”
Does it even put the two teams on the same level?
“On a technical level, Fiorentina have nothing to envy from Inter.”
“The last part of the season served both to take a breath of fresh air. Neither, however, can be happy with the path they took in Serie A. The Viola have lost chances that a year ago they would not have left on the street, while the Nerazzurri, for the value of the squad, should have stayed in the fight for the Scudetto at least until spring.”
Back to the final: how do you think the Viola can put Inter in trouble?
“By doing what they have always done: proposing play. Italiano’s trademark is clear: he goes to all matches to win. And then maybe who knows, Inter might already have the Champions League final in their minds.”
Inzaghi has led the team to Istanbul…football is strange….
“Eh … quite a bit. But this is it. It is a schizophrenic world that I know all too well. One day you’re a dud, the next you’re a king. The truth is, besides Simone being good, it was mostly the champions on the roster who remembered that there was something they had to win.”
Tomorrow’s final will also oppose two of the best midfielders in Serie A, Amrabat and Brozovic. Who are you banking on?
“They are two different players. However, I would like to mention that, just as Italiano was good at reinventing the Moroccan regista, the man who was able to really enhance Brozovic’s qualities was my friend Spalletti. I like Sofyan a lot because he is an all-rounder. He covers every part of the field impressively while the Interisti player is the classic metronome.”
You will will soon start doing the master course to get a UEFA Pro license , tell us how he would stop Lautaro, Dzeko or Lukaku.
“Easy, keeping the ball on the other side of the field (laughs, ed ). The only way is this: right now Inter’s attack succeeds in everything but after all when you have a world champion and two specialists like Edin and Romelu on the roster….”
Three Italians in the three European cup finals, what do you think?
“Frankly, for what has been the assessment of Italian football abroad for a few years now, I am quite astonished. I can’t say now whether or not this is a flash in the pan. I don’t hope so, in fact I hope it is just the first step for your football to return to a certain level.”