Sunday August 18 2019
Montella awaits Viola reinforcements

Vincenzo Montella hinted teenagers Dusan Vlahovic and Tofol Montiel could appear more, but Fiorentina reinforcements after a Coppa Italia scare.

The Viola were trailing 1-0 at home to Serie C outfit Monza until a late flurry of goals, two of them from 19-year-old substitute Vlahovic on Montiel assists, secured a 3-1 victory.

“The trend was much like other recent games, as we created a great deal, didn’t find the breakthrough and went behind,” Coach Montella told Rai Sport.

“The lads kept pushing and I think this will prove to be a very significant victory. The lads have what it takes and we are on the right track.

“Against a Serie C side, there is inevitably a certain arrogance that sets in and that turns to tension when things aren’t going the way you expect, but you have to give your best in these games.”

Vlahovic and Montiel changed the game when coming off the bench, so will the two 19-year-old youth team players appear more often this season?

“They remained with us despite having offers because they are fascinating prospects. Vlahovic already had some chances last season, while Montiel I really admire and need a better look at after injuries. We mustn’t put too much pressure on their shoulders.

“I have no problem playing them and indeed Vlahovic already played in Serie A. Age is not an issue, they do their talking on the pitch.

“I don’t know if the squad is complete or not. We will certainly try, but unfortunately this is an interminable summer transfer session, we have to adapt to it and we’ll see what happens.”

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