Vincenzo Montella slammed the brakes on a Stevan Jovetic comeback and reshuffles his midfield as Fiorentina take on Torino.
It was hoped the Montenegro international would return on Sunday after a muscular problem, but he failed another fitness test.
“Jovetic has effectively recovered, but we don’t want to risk him, as his injury is in a delicate position,” explained the Coach.
“We are without David Pizarro due to a ban and he is a very important player who settled right in to a leadership role. Those who replaced him in the past have always done well, so I am confident.
“As for Luca Toni, we did not just sign him for his technical abilities, but also his behaviour. We hoped he would achieve match fitness quickly and he surpassed our expectations. Who would win between us in a 100m race? Up to 20m certainly me, but perhaps neither of us could manage 100m!”
Fiorentina are looking for their sixth consecutive victory and find themselves third in the Serie A standings.
“It feels good to be here, even though it’ll be tough to stay or even improve,” continued Montella.
“Torino are very organised and I studied their Coach Giampiero Ventura. He was one of the first to integrate the goalkeeper into the play and ran a few risks with the full-backs pouring forward.
“I expect to see an organised Torino in a tactically tough and complicated match. I don’t think Fiorentina will suffer from the pressure of expectation. I think there’s more suffering when you’re at the foot of the table.”
This is going to be a special game for Alessio Cerci, who joined Torino from Fiorentina on loan this summer.
“Cerci is a great player who can turn a game in a flash. I hope tomorrow he’ll be less sharp than usual. It’s true he has a few defects, but he is not someone who drinks a lot or gets into that much trouble. I hope his price-tag can go up while at Torino, because he is valuable for Fiorentina.”