“You are at the forefront of a great sporting movement, the most popular and loved of all, and you are role models of behaviour for many young people. Therefore, you have a great responsibility.”
With these very words, the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, addressed Juventus and Milan, whose managers, technical staff and players were received today at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, together with the referees of the Coppa Italia final, President of CONI Giovanni Malagò, FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini, FIGC General Manager Michele Uva and Serie A President Gaetano Micciché.
Before Italy’s Head of State had spoken, this is what Giovanni Malagò said: “We are delighted and very proud to be here today to respect a tradition that has been repeated for many years: the Coppa Italia has essentially become the Cup of the President of the Republic. I am happy that in tomorrow’s final is a meeting between the two teams in Italy to have won the most titles. We want tomorrow’s match to be a festival of sport.”