Sunday January 10 2021
Prandelli 'too emotionally involved' with Fiorentina

Cesare Prandelli praises Jose Callejon after Fiorentina beat Cagliari, but admits he gets ‘too emotionally involved’ and finds a certain aspect of training ‘embarrassing.’

This was the Viola’s first Serie A home victory since October and was achieved thanks to Dusan Vlahovic sliding onto a Jose Callejon cross from the right.

However, Bartlomiej Dragowski was decisive both by saving the Joao Pedro penalty and a Razvan Marin deflected effort late on.

“Callejon is a professor when it comes to timing and getting away from his marker. He became more of a reference point in the second half. He needs to adapt to playing in a slightly different way, but not too much,” Prandelli told Sky Sport Italia.

“Every match is hard-fought in Serie A this season, so we need to fight for every ball, get our hands dirty if needs be and then the quality of an individual can make the difference.

“The movement Vlahovic made was very good and the pass was extraordinary, but I also want to underline that Lucas Martinez Quarta made the difference at the start by breaking the line, winning it back and sparking the move.”

Prandelli returned to the Stadio Franchi and made a big difference to the team, replacing sacked Beppe Iachini.

“Sometimes, I think that I am a bit too emotionally involved with Fiorentina and feel like I’m in the stands cheering them on. Instead, I need to be clear-headed when making the decisions that are best for the team.”

Prandelli is also having to be clinical when it comes to the transfer market, where Patrick Cutrone has already returned to Wolves and Pol Lirola is heading to Olympique Marseille.

“There are many teams who have players that are unhappy and want more playing time, including us. I don’t personally like exchanges of players who are unhappy, so if we do go on the market, I’d rather we focus on a couple of specific areas.

“It’s embarrassing for a coach and also the players when in training you have to do a 10 against 10 session, leaving four or five on the touchline just watching. It’s not good for anyone, you can’t work on the quality and it can be counterproductive to have too many players.”