Friday September 13 2019
Montella: Calm as can be!

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella insists "I’m as calm as can be" as he urges the Press to get off his back. “Let me work, not until now have I had a full squad.”

Montella has received unequivocal backing from new Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso, but the fact remains the Coach has yet to win any of his 10 Serie A games back in charge.

“First of all, I’m glad that Sarri will be back in the dugout,” he said at a Press conference for tomorrow’s clash with Juventus.

“We’ve often crossed paths during our careers. It’s a pleasure to face him again. I’m motivated and confident, I want to work and I can finally do it with the whole squad.

“Ribery is strong, he’s fine and - until proven otherwise – he’ll be a starter. The Bianconeri have lost only 8 percent of their games in the last eight years, winning 70%.

“They play at 1,000mph, but great stories come from impossible games. We must play with conviction so we can write the first page of a new chapter in our history.

“Coaches are assessed on what they do. You have to let me work because not until now have I had a full squad to work with. I’m as calm as can be.

“I continue to feel the club’s faith and I feel it so much. I talk to the directors every day.

“For me, a change would be crazy. There’s no reason to do it. We’ve changed 18 players, I feel the complete faith of everyone and, I repeat, I’m calm.”

The former Milan boss was then asked about Franck Ribery, who is preparing to face old rival Cristiano Ronaldo, and fellow new signing Pedro.

“It’s a game within a game. They’re two players who play the same role and have won a lot in their careers.

“However, they won’t decide the match for that reason. As for Pedro, he has great desire and physical quality.

“In terms of fitness, he’s a bit behind his teammates.”

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