Friday March 16 2012
Rossi after 'perfect game’

Delio Rossi insists that his Fiorentina players will try to forget about their current League status so as to perform well against Juventus.

The Viola welcome the unbeaten and title-challenging Bianconeri to Florence on Saturday evening with just one win collected from the last six played, in what has been a miserable campaign.

Rossi, who replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic earlier in the term, recognises that the club’s energy must change when welcoming one of its fiercest rivals this weekend.

“The challenge with Juventus goes beyond the League standings - we need a perfect game,” the tactician declared.

“If we can play without thinking too much of our League position, we can then take risks. I’ve always said that our season is going to be a particular one, but even so, tomorrow’s game is a different story.”

Earlier this week, general manager Sandro Mencucci warned that Fiorentina do not want to become ‘victims’ of Juve’s recent protests against the standard of officiating.

However, Rossi refused to be drawn into the rhetoric, instead turning focus to the respect he has for Saturday’s adversary Antonio Conte.

“I know about these situations but I am a football Coach and I have to take care of the field. To these things we think about now - I cannot give an opinion on this issue, there should be no alibis for the team.

“Conte had an incredible playing career and it shows that Juventus is his greatest ambition - he has worked hard and done well to earn the big chance he now has.

“It is one that he has also not received any gifts during. Juve for the Scudetto? Yes, just look at the transfer market to explain why.”