Borja Valero admits Fiorentina “miss Giuseppe Rossi so much,” but was pleased with their Coppa Italia win over Chievo.
“This gives us more confidence going into the next games,” the captain told RAI Sport after a 2-0 Round of 16 victory.
The Viola will face Catania or Siena in the quarter-final on January 23. This was their fourth consecutive victory with a clean sheet.
“We hope to bring back three points from Torino on Sunday, as that is an important test for us.”
It was the first match since Rossi was ruled out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury and he was in the stands ahead of tomorrow’s flight to see a specialist in Colorado.
“It’s always difficult to do without a player of Giuseppe’s level, as we miss him so much, but fortunately we have other champions in the squad and they proved that.
“It’s positive that we have different options and can take on so many different tactical systems. Chievo started strong, but after the first goal we had it under control.”
Borja Valero was asked about reports Fiorentina are trying to sign ex-Catania forward Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez from Metalist Kharkiv.
“I don’t know, those questions are for the club.”
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