In the final of the Coppa Italia against Inter, Juventus took a cautious direction and Andrea Pirlo accepted comparisons to Massimiliano Allegri. Andrea Pirlo was able to go back to the future to seal a spot at Inter’s expense in the Coppa Italia final for Juventus.
In Tuesday’s semi-final second leg, Juventus played a 0-0 tie, meaning Cristiano Ronaldo’s double in last week’s 2-1 victory at San Siro proved decisive.
This season, with mixed results, Pirlo tried to put in an expansive passing style at Juve, but the sight of black and white shirts soaking up pressure effortlessly in front of Gianluigi Buffon evoked memories of the years under former bosses Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte – the latter now cutting a disappointing figure in the Inter dugout.
“It’s very nice,” Juve head coach Pirlo said of the reference to Rai Sports. You can also call me ‘Allegriano’ if I have to win what he got.
“We were very good, they rarely shot on goal.”
Samir Handanovic was praised by Pirlo as the best player on the field and the Inter goalkeeper made a few stunning second-half saves to thwart Ronaldo.
A final awaits against Atalanta or Napoli, who Juve beat to win the first piece of silverware of Pirlo’s nascent coaching career in the Supercoppa Italiana.
“It was in my plans to win the Supercoppa and get to the Coppa final, but there is work to be done,” he said.
“As a coach, it is completely different. We are satisfied so far but we have not done anything yet.”
In six of the last seven seasons, Juve has made the Coppa Italia final, failing only in 2018-19 to do so.
Pirlo’s Juve has been undefeated in all competitions in 11 of their 12 matches since the beginning of 2021, having won 10 of those matches (D1).
Juventus, meanwhile, are undefeated in all competitions in nine of their last 10 matches against Inter, winning six games (D3).