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Juventus vs AC Milan: 5 key players who can decide Coppa Italia final

Sachin Bhat
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09 May 2018, 12:17 IST

Coppa Italia 2018 final: Juventus vs AC Milan
Coppa Italia 2018 final: Juventus vs AC Milan

The cauldron of Stadio Olimpico would be draped in bianconeri in one half and the rossoneri in the other as Juventus and AC Milan lock horns in the Coppa Italia final.

Both sides have different reasons to claim the piece of silverware as Serie A champions-elect Juve aim to complete an unprecedented fourth domestic double on the trot, while this is Milan's first real shot at a trophy under the Chinese management.

On paper, the Old Lady is heavily tipped to scoop the TIM cup, having also comprehensively beaten the Lombardy outfit with an aggregate of 5-1 in the league. But Gennaro Gattusso's side can spring a surprise on their day.

As we fast approach the kick-off, let's look at 5 important players from the final who can decide the outcome of the tie.

#1 Paulo Dybala

Dybala is ascending up his lofty heights again
Dybala is ascending up his lofty heights again

A lot has been said about the Argentine wizard in the recent days, and none of them have been positive. Dybala has been brought under the scanner for his underwhelming run of form of late. Ever since he returned from the hamstring in early March, things had taken a downturn and Dybala cut a sub-par figure in the games.

But with a goal in the 3-1 win over Bologna last weekend - his first since the hat-trick against Benevento last month - he gained a measure of exoneration. Now Juventus can hope to have him firing at all cylinders on Wednesday night again.

The 24-year old has often come up clutches in big games for the Bianconeris and has the potential to turn the tides around in split second. His side will once again entrust the onus of unlocking Milan on him, while also trying to feast on his pin-point crosses from set-pieces.

Key stat: Dybala is Juve's most prolific scorer this season with 26 goals in all competitions

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