‘There’s a God of football,’ says Gattuso as Napoli win sixth Italian Cup | Daily News


 

‘There’s a God of football,’ says Gattuso as Napoli win sixth Italian Cup

Napoli’s supporters celebrate in downtown Naples after Napoli won the TIM Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) final football match Napoli vs Juventus on June 17, 2020, played at the Olympic stadium in Rome behind closed doors as the country gradually eases the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP
Napoli’s supporters celebrate in downtown Naples after Napoli won the TIM Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) final football match Napoli vs Juventus on June 17, 2020, played at the Olympic stadium in Rome behind closed doors as the country gradually eases the loc

ROME: Gennaro Gattuso hailed the ‘God of football’ after he lifted his first coaching trophy as Napoli beat Juventus 4-2 on penalties to win the Italian Cup for the sixth time on Wednesday.

The final had ended 0-0 in an empty Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Paulo Dybala and Danilo both missed their spot-kicks for record 13-times Italian Cup champions Juventus with Arkadiusz Milik slotting in the winner for Napoli past veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

It is the first trophy for the southerners since 2014, and also a maiden coaching trophy for Gattuso, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti in December.

For former Italy World Cup winner Gattuso his first coaching success comes after the death of his 37-year-old sister Francesca from a rare illness.

“In life you cannot accept some things, but football has given me a lot and a great passion,” said the 42-year-old former AC Milan great.

“I feel I have a great responsibility. I know I cannot give up and I have never done in my career.

“I saw a team tonight that wanted to win, we deserved it.

“There’s a God of football, who makes you reap all that you’ve sown.

“I am proud of what my lads have done. Now we must continue with this spirit also in the championship, to recover the disadvantage.”

AFP


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