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Sunday September 29 2013
Montella: 'Fiorentina fired up'

Vincenzo Montella wants to channel Fiorentina’s “rage” into the game with Parma, but is wary of Juan Cuadrado’s shoulder.

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“Parma are an organised side that I respect and fear at the same time,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Antonio Cassano is particularly scary, because he can bring out the skill of a champion at any moment. I also fear the pace of Jonathan Biabiany and the power of Aleandro Rosi.

“Amauri is suspended, but Sansone is also one to concern us. I admire Roberto Donadoni, above all for the way he behaves.”

Fiorentina are fresh from a 2-1 defeat to Inter on Thursday evening, having taken the lead through Giuseppe Rossi’s penalty.

“Against Inter I saw a team with great character that has to remember we can face anyone without fear. We are growing and I have no complaints for myself or my players. The goals Inter scored were down to lucky ricochets.

“We are still angry about losing those points, so will try to use that against Parma.”

Mario Gomez is still out of action, but Cuadrado could make his comeback two weeks after dislocating his shoulder.

“Cuadrado is fine, but we have to watch him carefully, as he tends to get brought down a lot and that puts his shoulder at risk.

“Josip Ilicic will find space over the next few games, while Juan Manuel Vargas is a versatile player who has really impressed me. I also like Ante Rebic, but don’t want to throw him into the mix too early.”

Montella was asked about Mario Balotelli’s three-match ban for insulting the referee, which was just days after the Fiorentina Coach had criticised players who were allowed to get away with it.

“Mario is a nice guy and you took what I said badly. He was an example, but only because his was the most recent incident I remembered. Besides, my son is a Milan fan, though he’s changing recently...”

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