Tuesday April 24 2012
Rossi wants a ‘free’ Viola

Delio Rossi wants to see the same spirit and ‘freedom of mind’ from Fiorentina that he says is responsible for recent upward form.

La Viola are fighting off the threat of relegation in the season run-in and go into a midweek encounter with Roma with the chance to extend their unbeaten run to four games, which would be a longer run than at any other stage of the season.

To manage this, however, Rossi is clear in what he wants to see from his players.

“Right now I’m thinking just about Fiorentina, not about Roma closing one cycle and starting another,” the Coach asserted in his pre-match news conference.

“Tomorrow I want to see a team with a freedom of mind that will play in the same spirit shown in this recent period.

“We cannot do calculations for survival, we have to forge our destiny on the pitch. You have seen that we have picked up results in games that we were previously fearful of and not in others we had considered to be easier.

“We just need to give our best. [Team selection] will take into account the general condition of the players, not just how they have trained. There are players who have given so much and may have problems, whilst others may be freer in the mind.”