Inter Legend Alessandro Altobelli: “Teams Have Too Many Commitments Now That Make Coppa Italia An Afterthought”

Inter Legend Alessandro Altobelli: “Teams Have Too Many Commitments Now That Make Coppa Italia An Afterthought”
December 15, 2021 11:30
( )

Legendary former Inter striker Alessandro Altobelli believes that there is no longer enough focus on the Coppa Italia among top Italian teams due to overall fixture congestion.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in yesterday’s print edition, the former striker gave the view that more should be done to elevate the place of the Cup in modern football.

The Coppa Italia remains a prestigious competition in Italy, but teams can struggle to put their full focus on it given the number of other commitments they have which distract them.

Top sides now have 38 Serie A matches which means that they virtually always have a potentially vital clash in the race for the Scudetto, top four, or survival around the corner.

Adding to this is the fact that the top sides tend to be in either the Champions League or the Europa League, meaning that they will have multiple big matches every week.

Altobelli finds this to be a regrettable state of affairs, stating that “There are too many commitments, a congested calendar – there is little space in which to play.”

“And it really kicks off during the cold months which means fewer fans,” he added,. “It’s the wrong time for it.”

He gave the view that “We need to find different dates, and it makes no sense for the top eight of the last season to enter at the round of sixteen.”

“The ideal thing would be head-to-head clashes from August, perhaps on the field of the weaker teams,” he went on. “I am thinking of matches like Catania-Inter or Messina-Juve in direct elimination matches.”

“With the current formula, however, the big teams enter at the second round,” he stated, “what chance do the small sides have?”


By Toni Weeler

Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi: “Correct To Disallow AC Milan’s Goal As Pierre Kalulu Impeded Samir Handanovic”

April 20, 2022 01:30
( )

Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi feels that the decision to disallow AC Milan’s goal against his team in the second half of their 3-0 win…

Inter Wingback Matteo Darmian: “We Played Great But We Were Humble Too, Always Give All I Have”

April 20, 2022 01:00
( )

Inter wingback Matteo Darmian feels that the team showed both their quality and their character to win 3-0 against city rivals AC Milan in the…

Inter Wingback Robin Gosens: “Not The Most Beautiful Goal I’ve Scored But The Most Important”

April 20, 2022 00:40
( )

Inter wingback Robin Gosens is very pleased to be off the mark in front of goal for the Nerazzurri after scoring the team’s third in…

Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi: “The Boys Were Fantastic Tonight”

April 20, 2022 00:20
( )

Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi is completely happy with how his team played in this evening’s Coppa Italia win over AC Milan. Speaking to Italian…

Inter Striker Lautaro Martinez: “We’ll Take On Remaining Games Of Season Like We Did Tonight”

April 19, 2022 23:59
( )

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is hoping that this evening’s 3-0 triumph over AC Milan in the Coppa Italia can be a springboard to a completely…

Player Ratings – Inter 3 – 0 AC Milan: Lautaro Martinez & Ivan Perisic Lead Nerazzurri To Coppa Italia Final

April 19, 2022 23:32
( )

Inter are through to the final of the Coppa Italia after defeating cross-town rivals AC Milan 3-0 in a packed Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The Nerazzurri…



to our newsletter