Juventus v AC Milan: Italian giants clash in Coppa Italia final
Last Updated: 09/05/18 8:37pm
All roads lead to Rome this week for Juventus who will look to seal the Italian Cup at the Stadio Olimpico against AC Milan, live on Sky Sports Football.
Massimiliano Allegri's Juve take on his former club AC Milan in the Italian Cup final, and play AS Roma on Sunday - needing just one point to rubberstamp a seventh successive Serie A title.
Milan have not won a major trophy since Allegri led them to the Serie A title in 2011.
Beaten twice by Juventus in the league this season, the club's last Italian Cup trophy dates back to the playing days of coach Gennaro Gattuso in 2003.
"They want to start winning silverware again and we want to bring this trophy back to Turin for a fourth straight year," said Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic as his side target a 13th Cup title.
"We really wanted to win every trophy available this year. Unfortunately, we are out of the Champions League, but we are well-positioned in the league and winning the Coppa Italia is another goal of ours."
Juventus won both of its league meetings with Milan this season by a combined score of 5-1.
Milan are seeking their first trophy since being taken over by Chinese ownership a year ago, and a title would give the club something to show for after purchasing an entire squad's worth of new players.
For Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, however, the importance of the match is due to another factor as it is the first final of his career.
"It's undoubtedly the biggest game of my career and I feel ready for it," said Calhanoglu, who has scored two goals and set up another while helping Milan win its last two Serie A matches.
"I want to win this cup. I feel I'm in top condition."
Juventus have been handed a boost as Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio and Stefano Sturaro have returned from injury while Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia looks set to return from a back problem.