The new 3-5-2 system worked wonders, as Fiorentina dominated with Stevan Jovetic’s brace to conquer Novara.
It has been a disastrous few weeks for the Viola, who sold Alberto Gilardino, were struggling under new Coach Delio Rossi and still missed the injured Per Kroldrup, Santiago Silva and Khouma Babacar, so made this trip without any real strikers in the squad. Rossi opted for a radical change to the 3-5-2 system. Novara missed Simone Pesce, Carlalberto Ludi, Andrea Lisuzzo and Giorgi.
The referee couldn’t help but point to the spot when Centurioni completely mistimed his tackle to trip Stevan Jovetic. The young Montenegro international stepped up and buried it in the near bottom corner, despite Samir Ujkani guessing the right side.
An acrobatic Nastasic defensive intervention prevented Riccardo Meggiorini going clear on goal. Jovetic over-hit his pass when trying to send Adem Ljajic through and a powerful Jo-Jo free kick whistled wide.
Fiorentina doubled their advantage before the break through Riccardo Montolivo, who went on a blistering counter-attack and drew out Ujkani, skipping back on his steps to curl a diving lob into the far top corner.
The new 3-5-2 system seemed to be working wonders, as the Viola made it 3-0 straight after the restart. Montolivo sent Ljajic down the right and his cross found a perfect Jovetic right-foot volley back across Ujkani.
Jovetic attempted to complete his hat-trick with an audacious over-head kick, but couldn’t keep it on target.