Saturday October 19 2013
Montella: 'Mental strength is key'

Vincenzo Montella knows the rivalry between Fiorentina and Juventus, so tomorrow’s game is “about mental strength.”

They go head-to-head at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“I realise this is an important match for the city, but tomorrow it is above all important for the table,” said Montella in his Press conference.

“Juve are a fantastic squad, so aside from the result we need the mental strength to face them on a par. This would mean we have grown.

“Carlos Tevez is a strong player and has something more than the others. I had no doubts he’d do so well straight away. Do they have an injury crisis in attack? It’s not as if Tevez, Sebastian Giovinco and Fernando Llorente are a bad bunch...”

The Coach was asked whether he has any special marking plans to stop Andrea Pirlo in midfield.

“It’s true that Juventus are predictable and move through the same channels, but unfortunately they do it very well and quickly, so it’s not easy to limit them. They have many options at their disposal. You can see the work of their Coach.

“In order to beat Juve you have to win all the individual battles and take them on with chests puffed out. I have to concentrate on the game and not be swayed by the emotions in the city, even though I know what it means to the fans. They keep stopping me in the street and saying: ‘Do well tomorrow!’

“The League tells us the winners concede fewest goals. Fiorentina were constructed to play beautiful football, not to clam up at the back. Therefore when we try to be defensive, we suffer. Perhaps this Fiorentina wasn’t built to win, but it was built to entertain and have fun with football.”