The first leg matches of four months ago (!) Leave a theoretical advantage for Juventus and Napoli, not because they will play at home, given that the public will not be able to influence, but because Sarri’s team drew 1-1 at Milan, while Gattuso’s team even won 1-0 at Inter. Thinking about the difference in values and the absence of the disqualified Ibrahimovic, Hernandez and Castillejo, it is obvious to imagine that Juventus will reach the final, but if this were not the case, Sarri would have been the most illustrious rejected. In this unprecedented risk, he is, among the four semi-finalists, the one who risks the most, because Juventus already in command in the championship and stronger than Milan, Naples and Inter cannot miss the final goal.
Just thinking back to the values that emerged this season, Conte also risks a lot, certainly more than Gattuso, because after being eliminated from the Champions League the Nerazzurri coach would bid farewell to another trophy. It is true that Gattuso started the lead, thanks to Fabian Ruiz’s goal at San Siro, but in January Inter had won 3-1 on the Napoli field and therefore knowing the fame of Conte’s victory it would not be enough for him to bet only to the Scudetto, neglecting the Italian Cup.
Since he already has half a foot in the final, Gattuso could not accept an elimination at home, albeit without an audience, also because his Napoli is the team that more than any other can and must focus on the Italian Cup, having no other goals. And among other things, winning the trophy would be the advance guarantee of returning to Europe at least next year.Finally, there is the poor Devil of Pioli, who is the one who risks less because of all he already knows he has lost the AC Milan bench. The strong alibi of absences and the objective difficulty of winning on the Juventus field, or at least of drawing with more than one goal, protects Pioli from any criticism. In his case the only real risk runs Gazidis, if Pioli manages to win the Italian Cup, because at that point it would be even more difficult to justify his exemption, to focus on Rangnick. For the series “there are those who risk losing”, like Sarri, Conte and Gattuso in order, but also “those who risk winning”, like Gazidis.