Bari are the basement club and welcome a revived Fiorentina this afternoon, so Bortolo Mutti tell his men to “step on to the pitch without fear.”
That is easier said than done, as over the past 10 days the players have been physically and verbally attacked at the training ground, including some who were spat at.
“We hope to change gear,” declared Mutti. “Tuesday's protest really hit the locker room atmosphere hard, but over the past few days we have managed to relax a little more.
“The lads know they have to give more, must step on to the field without fear and try to clear their minds of negative thoughts.
“Fiorentina went through a shaky period, but are finding themselves again. The return of an important figure like Adrian Mutu obviously went a long way towards the turnaround.”