Two powerhouses of Italian football -- AC Milan and Juventus -- clash swords in the Coppa Italia final of the 2015-16 season on Saturday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. While Milan would be looking for their sixth Coppa Italia title, Juventus, the Serie A champions, are looking for their 11th Italian cup title.
Milan have had a comfortable sailing into the final of the tournament this year. They got past Alessandria with a 6-0 aggregate score over the two legs in the Coppa Italia semifinals, while Juventus had to fight their way against Inter Milan to reach the final.
Massimiliano Allegri's side just edged past Roberto Mancini's side 5-3 on penalties after their aggregate score over two legs in the semifinals were locked 3-3.
Defending Coppa Italia champions Juventus are looking for a double for the second time in a row. They had won the Serie A as well as the Coppa Italia in the previous season as well. "We must not think that we're favourites against Milan. On the contrary, we need to be very humble and to know that in one-off matches like these, the strongest sides do not always win," said star Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to the BBC.
"We'll see who's the hungrier side on the night, but what I can say is that we're eager to go down in history as the first team to win a domestic double in successive seasons."
Milan, who stood seventh in the Italian league this season, meanwhile, haven't won any title since 2011, and they will be expected to put their best foot forward to make use of the opportunity they have on Saturday.
Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italy prime minister, and also the owner of AC Milan, has meanwhile, threatened to not pay the players if they don't start performing. "We cannot keep being embarrassing," Berlusconi was quoted as saying by Football Italia. "These gentlemen here [the sponsors] are the ones who allow you to make a living. They told me if you keep playing like this, they won't give us any more money.
"In that case, I'll get the money from you, or rather I won't pay you. You can try suing me. Do you know how long a civil court case usually takes in Italy? About eight years..." Berlusconi added.
Where to watch live
AC Milan vs Juventus is scheduled to kick-off at 6:45 p.m. GMT (12:15 a.m. IST, 2:45 p.m. EST), May 21.
In India, viewers can catch the game on Neo Prime.
In the UK and Ireland, viewers can catch the game on Sky Sports 2/HD and Now TV UK. Online streaming will be available on Sky Go.
In the US, viewers can catch the game on Gol TV USA and fubo TV.
In Italy, the game will be broadcast on RAI Sport 1 and RAI Uno.