Vincenzo Montella is making no bones about Fiorentina’s ambitions after a win away to Atalanta took them within three points of Milan. “Forza Napoli.”
The Viola are looking increasingly solid in fourth place following tonight’s 2-0 victory in Bergamo, though the Champions League is within reach.
“We are targeting Europe,” explained the Coach. “This victory gives us confidence and belief. I would not consider the Europa League to be a consolation prize at all, but seeing as we are here, I say Forza Napoli.”
On Sunday evening Milan and Napoli go head-to-head at San Siro, so could take points off each other.
Fiorentina secured tonight’s win despite an injury crisis and a change of tactics to a 4-2-3-1 system.
“We weren’t moving fluidly enough in the first half, as the passing was predictable and Atalanta were doubling up on the flanks to stop us keeping possession in midfield.
“Once we returned to our preferred system, which sadly meant taking off Alberto Aquilani, we felt more at ease. Adem Ljajic had a decisive impact on the game, but he could’ve been sharper and played better in certain situations.
“Mounir El Hamdaoui had to adapt to a style of play that was unusual for him, much like Aquilani, and paid the price for that emergency situation. Marcelo Larrondo scored a great goal and I knew he had quality, he just needs to believe in himself and be more consistent.”
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