Saturday November 21 2020
Prandelli: ‘Gradual changes’

New Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli says ‘changes must be made gradually’ and reveals how he is trying to help Franck Ribery.

Prandelli returned to the Artemio Franchi after ten years to replace Beppe Iachini and he will make his second La Viola debut against Benevento on Sunday.

“I’d like to see the desire to win, see a team united with ideas,” he said at a press conference.

“I’ve found a group of very helpful guys. Those who returned from their national team arrived yesterday, we only had two training sessions together, but they are all very motivated.

“Changes must be made gradually, it’s the interpretation given to the role that counts, not the numbers. With [Pol] Lirola and [Cristiano] Biraghi, for example, you can play in many ways, both with three or four defenders.

“Everyone at the club is motivated and there is cohesion, fans should appreciate the efforts of the club and their desire to build a great future.”

Will Franck Ribery and José Maria Callejon be crucial in his team?

“I’ve immediately had a confrontation with Franck, he is a leader who always wants to win. I don’t want him to become the only reference. We are working to help him to be more incisive both when he scores and when he delivers assists.”

“I’ve also spoken to Callejon, he’s an important player, who can make a difference.

“We have established that we will need to follow a path, he is working to reach his best physical condition and then we’ll try to include him in our system and ideas.”