Sunday July 7 2019
Montella: 'Fiorentina start from scratch'

Vincenzo Montella admits it’s not easy for Fiorentina fans or himself to be patient, but the Viola “are starting from scratch.”

The Viola started pre-season training in Moena today, although it’ll be shorter than usual ahead of their International Champions Cup tour of the United States.

“I still feel at home after having been here on pre-season training so many times,” said Montella in a Press conference, referring to his previous stint on the Fiorentina bench.

“We are starting everything from scratch. I am feeling really very enthusiastic. (Director of sport Daniele) Prade said we need to be calm and patient, but also that we’ll have a competitive squad, so I am confident.

“We want to get back out there and reboot. I urge patience from the fans, but also from myself, as I too would love to have everything right away, but it’s just not possible.

“We are working on the vision of the team and with that context it’s easier to see who is more suited to one style of football or another. This is why it’s useful to have this time together.

“Obviously, I’ve changed since I was first at Fiorentina. I am more mature now and understand better the dynamics of a club, although I am still a little impatient.”

Fiorentina were drafted in to the International Champions Cup to replace Roma, who thought they’d be playing Europa League preliminary rounds in July.

As it turns out, Milan were excluded and bumped Roma up to the group stage, with Torino taking the preliminary round slot instead.

“I would’ve preferred to remain in one pre-season training camp, but I understand the club owners also wanted to see the team up close in America. President Rocco Commisso is very enthusiastic and it’s good to make him happy.”

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