Wednesday February 27 2019
Chiesa: 'Astori is with Fiorentina'

Federico Chiesa said Fiorentina embodied the spirit of Davide Astori in the 3-3 draw with Atalanta and a place in the Coppa Italia Final is “still hanging in the balance.”

There was a beautiful choreography in the stands of the Stadio Franchi before kick-off in the first leg of this semi-final, depicting the captain’s armband that Chiesa wears in honour of Astori, who died almost a year ago to the day.

“The Curva paid homage to a great person who is no longer here, but he is with us every Sunday, every Wednesday, every training session, every hour of every day,” Chiesa told Rai Sport.

“Davide is with us, he fights with us and we never give in, as we saw again today.”

These teams meet again in Bergamo on Sunday in Serie A, while the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final is on April 24.

“We fought to the end, it’s a bitter result, but we go to Bergamo ready to do battle with Davide and our fans behind us. It’s all absolutely still hanging in the balance.”