Del Piero tells of his pride at reaching Coppa Italia final

The veteran striker was full of praise for his side, and told reporters how pleased he was to beat AC Milan and progress through to the showpiece

Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero has spoken of his pride at reaching the Coppa Italia final, after his side drew 2-2 with AC Milan in a pulsating semi-final at Juventus Stadium, heading through 4-3 on aggregate.

The veteran forward scored a goal late in the first half to give his side a 1-0 lead, and told reporters after the game how happy he was to reach the final for the first time since 2004.

“It means so much to us,” said the 37-year-old, “I'm really proud [to reach the final]. It was nice to play tonight, and I think you all saw my happiness at getting the goal.”

He also threw down the gauntlet to the Rossoneri, with both sides battling for the Scudetto.

He added: “We will now fight on both fronts, and try to give them a hard time right until the end.”

Del Piero has been instrumental in Juventus' run to the final, scoring important goals against Roma in the quarter-final and Milan on Tuesday.