Saturday November 2 2019
Montella: 'Fiorentina have an identity'

Vincenzo Montella admits Fiorentina “didn’t expect to have already built an identity” so early into the season, but he’s concerned by Parma.

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“We earned an important victory at Sassuolo on Wednesday, the first we achieved by coming back from a trailing situation,” said the coach in his press conference.

“I don’t think we were inferior in the first half, but we certainly did better after the break. I didn’t expect to be at this stage in terms of building an identity within the team, because we changed so much over the summer, but in the last six rounds we’ve won four and drawn one.

“I don’t know if we are the revelation of the season so far, as Parma are doing very well, so are Hellas Verona, while Cagliari spent big and are reaping the rewards.

“We need to be sharp and energetic tomorrow, because many games are decided by seemingly minor incidents. Dejan Kulusevski is one to keep a close eye on, as he has five assists this season and can create problems.”

Franck Ribery and Luca Ranieri are suspended, with Martin Caceres injured, but Pol Lirola should be available again after injury.

“Ribery hasn’t been training for the last few days anyway, because he has a knee problem.”

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