Monday September 24 2012
Montella: Juve match virtually a derby

He might be new in Florence but Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella is well aware how big tomorrow's match against Juventus is.

“This game is virtually a derby in Florence,” the former Catania Coach told a press conference this afternoon. “We must try and understand the importance of the game to the fans, and capture the mood of the city in our performance.”

The fixture ended 5-0 in Juve's favour last season, but Montella isn't interested in trying to contain the Bianconeri this time around.

“We can't take the field and look to just not be beaten. Juventus have a competitiveness out of the ordinary, and a solid group that believes in what it does, but we have try and win the game like any other.”

Montella’s side came away with just a point on Saturday in Parma, after conceding a last minute penalty.

“Against Parma we made some small mistakes, but the players know what they did wrong. We have been low on confidence recently, and that is a mindset that needs to be changed.”

The former Roma hero concluded by remarking on star-striker Stevan Jovetic, and the rumours Juventus are interested in the 22-year-old.

“Players of his level are accustomed to these things,” he said. “Fans still expect him to do his best anyway.”

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