Vincenzo Montella prepares Fiorentina to face Siena in the Coppa Italia and warns they “need more reinforcements.”
The Viola host Serie B side and fellow Tuscans Siena in the quarter-final on Thursday at 20.00 GMT with the winners going on to play Milan or Udinese.
“We are playing for a place in the semi-final, so this is a game that means a lot to us,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“We will play to win, as always, and realise there are hidden dangers because Siena have already eliminated Serie A teams from this competition. I’ll field the best possible line-up, taking into account some necessary squad rotation.
“Of course we want to lift the trophy, though I believe Fiorentina have won a great deal in these years. The club won back its fans and I think also the fondness of more or less all of Italy.”
Fiorentina crushed Catania 3-0 on Sunday with Alessandro Matri bagging a brace on his debut, but the striker went off at half-time with a muscular problem.
“He’s definitely out tomorrow and we hope to recover him for Sunday. I don’t know how long Mario Gomez will be out for, as he has still not trained with the squad. Our concept of football is based on the team rather than individuals, so nothing changes.
“Unfortunately, Nenad Tomovic will be out for at least five games and we are down to the bare bones in defence. It depends on what the market offers, but obviously we do need reinforcements in that area.”
Milan defender Philippe Mexes is one of the favourites to arrive, especially after the clubs already struck a deal for Matri.
“I don’t know anything about that. Mexes is a player who I know. He has many qualities, a few defects, but then we all have defects.”