Atalanta vs Juventus, Coppa Italia 2020-21 final: national centerpiece could decide Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in Turin
Juventus will aim to end the disappointing season with a trophy against Atalanta in the 2020-21 Coppa Italia final at Reggio Emilia on Wednesday. The outcome of the flagship event holds great significance for the Bianconeri as it not only promises silverware after a tough campaign, but could also play an important role in deciding the future of star man Cristiano Ronaldo, which is tipped to separate from Turin. club in summer. Cristiano Ronaldo included in the 21-member Juventus squad for the 2021 Coppa Italia Atalanta final match.
A lackluster campaign under new manager Andrea Pirlo, whose previous coaching experience supported Juventus U23 for a few weeks, saw the record-breaking Italian champions fail to defend the league title for the first time in a decade while also struggling to get a place. in the Champions League next season.
Along with several issues on the pitch, the Bianconeri have a number of off-pitch issues to resolve as Cristiano Ronaldo’s continuity at the club is undecided. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner still has a year on his contract, but he is touted to leave Turin after a difficult campaign with several reports linking him to Portugal and even Paris.
The Portuguese star’s future at Juventus is still uncertain and the outcome of the Italian Cup final could give a very clear idea whether or not the 36-year-old continues in Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo is a series winner and demands the same from his club, but the Bianconeri’s lack of success this season could force him to seek greener pastures.
The Italian club could still be among the top Europeans on the last day of the league season, but qualifying for UCL depends on help from other teams. To place in the top four, Juventus will need to win their game against Bologna on Sunday and will need Napoli or AC Milan to drop points.
So with Champions League qualification out of their hands, the Italian Cup remains the only hope for Juventus to save a disappointing season. Despite their recent struggles, a silverware at the end of a tough campaign could give Cristiano Ronaldo some optimism for next season and persuade him to fulfill his contract or even extend it.
(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 19, 2021 at 4:04 p.m. IST. For more information and updates on Politics, World, Sports, Entertainment, and Lifestyle , connect to our website latestly.com).