Thursday October 17 2013
Rossi looking to defeat Juventus

Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi is dreaming of a weekend goal against Juventus – a club who he admits came close to signing him in the past.

The striker is now back to full service after missing the majority of the last two seasons with a recurring knee problem.

“We are coming off two horrible home draws against Cagliari and Parma,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “We need three points.

“Now I’m thinking of a goal against Juventus because I live in the present and not the future. Don’t ask me about the Maracana, the World Cup, the Champions League.

“All I want to do right now is try to beat Juventus.”

The Old Lady, who are aiming for a third successive Scudetto, are currently in second place after winning six and drawing one of their seven League games so far this term.

“If you are able to limit the influence of Andrea Pirlo then you have a nice advantage,” added the former Parma and Manchester United man.

“Juve are in pole position for the title, but the other teams are close.”

Rossi joined Fiorentina in January from Villarreal, 18 months after Juventus contacted the Spanish club for his services.

“Talks with Juventus a few years ago were very active, but then Villarreal qualified for the Champions League and they didn’t sell anyone.”

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