Emiliano Viviano has promised to take the Fiorentina squad out for a meal should his beloved Viola beat Juventus on Tuesday.
The Fiorentina ‘keeper is a massive fan of the club and is well aware of what it would mean to beat their Bianconeri arch-rivals.
“I’m going into this game as I do all of the others, but all of the Viola fans who I meet tell me this isn’t just another game and I know it,” he stated to La Nazione.
“On my way to training I met two fans, they were about 70, and they urged me to beat Juventus. If we do then I’ll take all of the squad out for dinner and I’ll pay the bill.”
Despite being hungry for the three points, the Italian international is well aware of what they’ll be up against in the champions and the current League leaders.
“It won’t be easy,” Viviano continued. “We’ll have to keep up with their rhythm and score a goal. We’ll give it a go, even if we are up against the best team in the Division.”
Viviano returned to Fiorentina this summer after spells at Brescia, Bologna, Inter and Palermo. “This was the right time to come back,” he explained.
“The club offered me this opportunity and I did all that I could to take advantage of it. It is a dream come true – although it wasn’t easy.”
Viviano also spoke of his admiration for Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon. “Francesco Toldo was my idol, but I quickly understood that if you wanted to be a goalkeeper then Buffon had to be your reference point.”
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