Saturday September 29 2012
Montella: 'Viola intensity, not arrogance'

Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina are confident after out-playing Juventus, but he warns “we must play with intensity and without arrogance” against Inter.

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“The lads put in a great performance on Tuesday and paradoxically we didn’t win it,” the Coach said of their 0-0 with Juve.

“It is wonderful to see your team playing with such character. However, it will be important to see how the team reacts after the euphoria and enthusiasm. I hope we won’t underestimate this test or lose concentration. Don’t forget Fiorentina have not picked up points in Milan for 10 years and that can be added motivation.

“We must not start out with arrogance. Inter are a very experienced side with excellent individual talents. We need to play with intensity.

“Rodrigo Palacio and Wesley Sneijder are out, but Inter certainly have the players to replace them. I don’t agree with the negative criticism of the Nerazzurri’s season.”

Montella also stood up for Inter Coach Andrea Stramaccioni, who was working at the Roma youth academy at the same time.

“He is a friend and we’ve worked together. In football, as in every area of work, you are often judged and if he was chosen to be Coach of Inter then he must have all the qualities for that role. It’s a constant risk for everyone who makes decisions.”

Montella also has a very positive personal history with Inter. “They were one of my favourite victims as a striker... It was fun.”

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