Sunday November 18 2012
Montella: 'Viola don't need Jovetic'

Vincenzo Montella feels Fiorentina have proved they can do without Stevan Jovetic, but won’t “kid ourselves” with Scudetto ambitions.

The Viola climbed to joint-third place after crushing Atalanta 4-1 despite Jovetic’s injury, meaning they have now beaten both Milan and the Orobici without their star striker.

“We proved that we can do without Jovetic, although obviously I prefer to have him at my disposal because he is a crucially important player,” said Montella.

“We already knew Alberto Aquilani’s qualities and now he is scoring regularly too, so is an added bonus for the squad.

“Are we in the running for the Scudetto? It’s wonderful to see the fans dream, but we have to continue growing gradually the way that we are. We mustn’t kid ourselves, though.

“It is good to have ambition and maintain our convictions. We are proving that we know how to interpret matches and only suffered for 10 minutes when we took our foot off the gas.

“I was glad to see that mentality of wanting the victory at all costs.”

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