Delio Rossi does not “regret” taking over troubled Fiorentina, but has dropped Alessio Cerci due to “the pressures of the transfer market.”
The Coach replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic mid-season and enthusiasm quickly gave way to vicious protests from disgruntled fans following last week’s home defeat to Lecce.
“Do I regret coming here? I chose Fiorentina, they didn’t choose me. I like challenges and am convinced of my decisions. Of course it was horrible against Lecce, but I carry on determined to do well,” said Rossi.
“I ask the fans for a show of faith. Even jeers and insults are part of their love for the Viola. At the moment we are in the phase of a love that feels betrayed, but in this case Fiorentina are the most important thing and we must all focus only on that.”
Cerci has attracted more criticism than anyone in recent weeks and is expected to leave in the transfer window.
“He is not part of the squad against Cagliari because of a technical decision. I saw he was troubled and distracted by the pressures of the transfer market talk,” explained Rossi.
“As for Stevan Jovetic, he had a problem in training, but it shouldn’t be anything serious and he’ll be ready tomorrow.
“I hope to see a reaction from the squad and it might be better to play in Sardinia, as we tend to be more tense on home turf. The desire to do well can have adverse affects. We’ve got to roll our sleeves up and help out for the greater good.”
Fiorentina squad: Acosty, Behrami, Boruc, Camporese, Cassani, De Silvestri, Gamberini, Jovetic, Lazzari, Ljajic, Montolivo, Munari, Nastasic, Natali, Neto, Pasqual, Pazzagli, Romulo, Salifu, Vargas