Sunday August 25 2019
Commisso: 'Back where Fiore belong'

President Rocco Commisso said “my intention is to bring Fiorentina and Serie A back where they belong” after a 4-3 defeat to Napoli.

The new patron flew in from New York to attend the opening Serie A game of the season and it was a 4-3 thriller with some very debatable decisions that infuriated Coach Vincenzo Montella.

“I am here to thank everyone and not to cause controversy,” assured Commisso on Rai Sport.

“These incidents were seen by the VAR and they decided that way, we’ll see what happens in the next few games. Napoli are a great team, but that doesn’t mean the result was right. Our lads played very well and will continue to do so, just give them time.

“We intend to create a great squad with a mixture of youth and experience. There are many young players, but we also brought in Kevin-Prince Boateng, Franck Ribery and Milan Badelj.

“Ribery is a phenomenal player and one who, other than Cristiano Ronaldo, I think is the most successful player currently in Serie A.”

Commisso made it clear once again that Federico Chiesa is not for sale.

“You’ve asked me that 99 times, my answer will not change. Chiesa is staying with us and he looks really happy, look how well he played tonight!”

The atmosphere at the Stadio Franchi was a world away from the crowd that jeered their players off the field only three months ago.

“I think I brought back enthusiasm because I have it too. They told me that we set a record with the most season ticket sales over the last 20 years. I am happy for the people of Florence and their affection.

“My intention is to bring Fiorentina and Serie A back where they belong. The Premier League is on another planet in terms of organisation, but the Bundesliga and Liga have offices in New York and the Italian Lega does not.

“We need more marketing, as to compete in modern football, you need the same financial capabilities as the other leagues. The way things are going now is not good enough.”

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