What are the chances of Monaco against PSG and Atalanta against Juventus? Both Monaco and Atalanta are coming to the National Cup finals as underdogs. But-only nominally. That is, precisely to the extent that PSG and Juventus in recent years, in principle, are considered the favourites of any match in their countries.
The actual handouts indicate something else. Today, the so-called outsiders have every chance to impose competition on the hegemons. In many countries, the grandees are now perhaps in the most vulnerable position in recent years, and France and Italy are no exception.
Monaco vs PSG
Monaco is in excellent functional condition and is not much inferior to the Parisians. In 2021, the team under the leadership of Niko Kovac has gained phenomenal form. It took the Croatian coach several months to decide on the optimal squad, hone the players’ team interaction, and instil in them a new game philosophy.
In the second round, Monaco is the objectively strongest team in Ligue 1. Thanks to this, the red and white squad rose from fifth place, which they occupied in the first round, to the third and will certainly not fall out of the top three. Moreover, Monaco even retains a hypothetical chance of winning the championship: the gap to Lille before the finish is only three points! Red and white will win the gold medal in the unlikely event that they win big in the last round, and both of their competitors lose.
This is how Monaco will compete with PSG at the Stade de France in the French Cup final. The team is in the best condition since the championship season-2016/17 and will fight against the Parisians. Moreover, Monaco has already created a sensation in the tournament, beating PSG twice: 3: 2 — in the first round, 2:0 — in the second. Since the acquisition of the capital club by investors from Qatar, the Monegasques have never been able to do this!
The Monaco — PSG match will pass today, on May 19, 2021, at the Stade de France. The event starts at 22:15 Moscow time.
Atalanta vs Juventus
Atalanta is in a similar position. In the national championship, the Bergamasques are not just inferior but even surpass the record favourite. Gasperini’s team takes second place in Serie A and goes on to win the first silver medal in the club’s history with one round to go. Juventus are in fifth place and close to missing out on the Champions League for the first time in ten years.
In the second round, Atalanta is the strongest team in the Italian championship after Inter. Like Monaco, in the second half of the season, the Bergamo club made a decisive breakthrough. They managed to jump from fifth place, which they occupied six months ago, to the second.
At the same time, like Monaco, Atalanta has never lost to an opponent in the final during the season. In the first round of Serie A, the Bergamasques beat Juventus (1:0), and in the second round, they drew (1:1).
The Atalanta — Juventus match will pass in Reggio Nel Emilia at the Mapei Stadium today at 22:00 Moscow.