Sampdoria Coach Mazzarri Wishes For Neutral Venue For Coppa Italia Final

Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri revealed his thoughts about tomorrow night's Coppa Italia final against Lazio.
The Coppa Italia final will take place tomorrow night, which unlike the past four seasons will not feature Inter and Roma. Sampdoria and Lazio, who ousted Inter and Juventus respectively in the semi-finals, will be the surprise contestants at the Stadio Olimpico.

Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri spoke to journalists about this match in today's press conference.

"For us it's a reason of pride just to be in the Coppa Italia final after fifteen years after the last time," he said.

"Anything can happen, especially because we are talking about a single match, in which the least nervous team have the advantage. And we will be playing in their own stadium."

Mazzarri admitted that this is something that bothers him: "Many have said the final should've been played in a neutral venue, and I think it would have given more balance, but I don't say it to have an alibi in case we lose. In any case I want to thank the many fans who will travel to support us.

"We only have two and a half training sessions to prepare for this match and I will have to give as many indications as possible in very little time. We have fought on three fronts for a long time, we started from the Intertoto and for two years we have been playing matches in which everything is decided in 90 minutes.

"In any case, for us it's already an honor to be in the final again after 15 years: this is a reason of pride."

Both sides are tied on four Coppa Italia wins, so the winner will join Inter, Milan and Torino as the clubs who have won it five times.

Lazio last won it in 2004, beating Juventus 4-2 in the final over two legs, while Samp last triumphed in 1994, when they had the better of Ancona by a 6-1 aggregate scoreline.

Danilo Pochini, Goal.com