Friday August 19 2016
Sousa: ‘Fiorentina want to challenge’

Paulo Sousa wants Fiorentina to be “protagonists” this season, and notes they “dominated” Juventus in both games last term.

Serie A gets underway tomorrow, with the Viola facing a daunting trip to Turin to face the champions.

Despite facing the five-time Scudetto winners, the Coach believes his side dominated both games last season, even in defeat.

“We’re at a disadvantage because we don’t have the full squad available yet,” Sousa pointed out in his pre-match Press conference.

“We have to deal with the reality of a team which has dominated for five years now, this year Juventus have been built to win in Europe.

“If we see the League as a thriller, we want to be one of the protagonists. Juventus have improved in a lot of areas, especially in the individuals and alternatives they have in attack.

“Last year Juve were dominated by us both in Turin and - especially - in Florence, but they always managed to react.”

Borja Valero is being linked with a move to Roma, but Sousa says the midfielder could play tomorrow.

“It’s not a concern of mine to talk about the transfer market, I have to work with the players I have and try to win with Fiorentina.

“Today Borja trained as normal with the whole team, we’ll see how he is tomorrow. He has some chance of playing.

“I only work with the players I have, the transfer market isn’t something that concerns me. What makes me happy is doing the best work I can with the materials at my disposal.”