Vincenzo Montella is targeting victory and third place against Milan tomorrow lunchtime and sensationally reveals “Stevan Jovetic could play” despite his injury.
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“We are trying to get Jovetic to recover in time,” revealed the Coach despite a muscular problem initially ruling him out for two weeks.
“Stevan told me he’s ready to play, but we’ll see what sensations we get from his training session today. It’s great for a Coach to see everyone so eager to take part, but we’ll run no risks. If he’s fit then he’ll play, but if not then he won’t.
“Tomorrow’s game is important for our ambitions and for the entire campaign: we have to win. We are still in the running for Europe and that makes this encounter with Milan crucial, although it’s not yet an ‘in or out’ match.
“The stadium will be packed out and we have to defend our style of football, our ideas about the sport. This Milan side is one that forces you to change the way you approach the game, but we hope that we can force them to adapt to us.
“If the Rossoneri had started the season better, they would be challenging for the Scudetto with Juventus right now.”
It will be a very special afternoon for Riccardo Montolivo, the Milan midfielder who left Fiorentina as a free agent after refusing to sign a new contract. Will the hostile reception intimidate him or fire him up?
“I was not here during Montolivo’s time, so I don’t know what the situation was. I can say that when I was a player, I really did not enjoy being jeered by the crowd.”