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