Ahead of facing them as Palermo’s goalkeeper, Emiliano Viviano has spoken of supporting Fiorentina, but reassured that it is not a compromising position.
Viviano has more than once made clear his allegiance to his hometown Florence club, where he spent the first few years of his youth career.
However, on taking questions on supporting the struggling Viola ahead of playing against them this midweek for Palermo, the Italian international has looked to clarify his situation and his professionalism.
“I’m a fan of Fiorentina, I have always said this and I do not deny it,” he told gathered reporters on Monday.
“But, it is clear that words I have spoken in an interview in August of my childhood dream to play for Fiorentina, when used now, will only annoy Palermo fans.
“Things are being written here to create a little drama. For the rest, I am professional.
“I will not ever deny my faith, it would be bad for Florence, for myself and for the fans of Palermo, but right now I am only thinking about my current team.”
Viviano looked ahead to the game and made clear that the dressing room is looking to follow up on recent good performances by collecting a result at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
“Fortunately it will be a more relaxed Fiorentina after they won at San Siro, so we hope to pick up some points, we know this is a difficult stadium.
“We must again bring forward the mentality we had at Bologna and showed against Juventus. Despite their ranking, Fiorentina have many good players.”