Sunday April 14 2019
Montella explains Chiesa change

New Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella explained his changes, including Federico Chiesa in a wider role, after the 0-0 draw with Bologna.

“I arrived in 2011 on the back of the team securing safety on the last day and found a worse mood at the club. The disappointment is there, but it is up to us to bring the group together with enthusiasm,” Montella said in his Press conference.

“Florence more than other cities has to have the cohesion and strength between the fans and the club, otherwise playing football becomes more difficult.”

Montella came in for Stefano Pioli, who resigned in protest at a critical statement released by the club hierarchy.

“Football is like that, there are those that arrive and those that leave,” added Montella.

Fiorentina sit in 10th place in the table on 40 points and Montella will hope to galvanise a side that has a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg with Atalanta coming up.

“I liked the attitude. The way we took the field and were able to organise before attacking. We weren’t able to keep it up for the 90 minutes, but the numbers would prove that we were more dangerous. We missed some luck, but I liked our spirit.

“We have plenty to work on as these players are new to me, but I liked that they were unhappy because they didn’t win at the end.”

L’Aeroplanino prefers to play with three at the back and was questioned about switching Chiesa to an unfamiliar wing-back role.

“He didn’t do the same role as Cristiano Biraghi, that isn’t what I asked of him. Chiesa is naturally a wide player and usually does more offensively in a 4-4-2 than he did today, but I wanted to use him in a different role. He can also play as a second striker.

“We have conceded for eight games in a row and I wanted to start off with a clean sheet, but we also took some risks.”

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