Saturday February 4 2012
Rossi: 'Vargas isn't lazy'

Delio Rossi defends under-fire Juan Manuel Vargas, but drops Lorenzo De Silvestri against Udinese so he can “find himself.”

Fiorentina are going through a difficult campaign and Vargas received a great deal of criticism for his weight gain and poor form. This week even general manager Mencucci referred to him as ‘lazy.’

“I don’t think Vargas is lazy,” assured the Coach. “We are trying to get him back to his best so we can rediscover the Vargas we all know, but it could take a while.

“De Silvestri is out of tomorrow’s game due to my decision. I raised him in football terms and know him well. He just needs to find himself again. At this moment, he doesn’t look confident.”

On the other hand, Alessio Cerci and Marco Marchionni are back in the squad after a long absence, as neither found a January transfer.

“Udinese are a side who have been doing well for years and this is certainly going to be a difficult game. I expect improvements from my team.

“As for our objectives, there’s no point discussing them now. All I can say is that we’re focusing only on safety from relegation right now.

“It has been a strange week, as our game with Bologna on Wednesday was snowed off.”

Fiorentina squad:Amauri, Behrami, Boruc, Camporese, Cassani, Cerci, Felipe, Gamberini, Jovetic, Lazzari, Ljajic, Marchionni, Montolivo, Nastasic, Natali, Neto, Pasqual, Romulo, Salifu, Vargas

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