Saturday April 27 2013
Montella: 'No Viola pressure'

Vincenzo Montella revisits Sampdoria memories and feels Fiorentina have the upper hand over Milan “because we are disenchanted.”

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“Milan are more prepared for certain races than we are, but our strength is that we are disenchanted,” argued Montella in his Press conference.

“We have less pressure on our shoulders, so if we are able to keep this detached attitude, then we can have our chances in this race. It will be a battle to the last round. We are aware of that and we are ready.

“I am not worried at having to depend on other results. We look forward and must try to consolidate our current position, then we’ll see what happens.”

The Sunday afternoon trip to Sampdoria is an emotional one all round. Not only does Montella face his former club, but Adem Ljajic takes on Delio Rossi for the first time since the then-Fiorentina Coach attacked him in the dug-out a year ago.

“There has always been a special rapport with Sampdoria and my return here at the end of my career was something irrational, but fuelled by my affection for the club. I always meet up with many old friends in Genoa.

“Samp currently know how to strike at the right time, so this is a game full of hidden dangers. As for Ljajic, he has to focus only on playing. There are many aspects to this match other than whether those two will shake hands.”

Stevan Jovetic is expected to start tomorrow, but Montella shot down reports Giuseppe Rossi could play against Palermo on May 12.

“Rossi is an extraordinary player who is going mad with the desire to play, but he hasn’t been on the field for two years and still hasn’t been on the end of a challenge or a game between ranks. Let’s be realistic.

“Jovetic is in good shape now and we expect the best from him.”

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