Saturday January 25 2014
Montella: 'Fiorentina target second'

Fiorentina host Genoa on Sunday evening, but Vincenzo Montella is ambitious. “Roma and Napoli are not beyond reach.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Artemio Franchi tomorrow at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“Genoa have evolved a great deal under Gian Piero Gasperini and can adapt to different opponents in all areas of the pitch,” said Montella in his Press conference.

“They work well on the flanks and tactically resemble the Siena that caused us problems on Thursday in the Coppa Italia. I fear Genoa, especially as we will be a little tired, but I expect continual support from the fans. It won’t be easy for us to play our style of football.

“Alberto Gilardino has great quality in attack, scores many goals and is especially dangerous in the box.”

The Viola are in the midst of an injury crisis, as Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez have been joined on the treatment table by Borja Valero. Alessandro Matri should be back after picking up a calf problem on his debut, when he scored two goals past Catania.

“We have the replacements for Borja Valero and it’s a shame we’ll miss his logic in the middle of the park, but we can put out a good team. Anderson is very eager to get started and I like that enthusiasm, but he only started training with the team yesterday.”

Fiorentina are in fourth place, only three shy of Napoli and four from Roma, so a place in the Champions League is well within their sights.

“Roma and Napoli are not beyond our reach. In fact, a new season begins now. Those teams are strong and solid, but we need to grow and if they have a dip then we’ll be there to take advantage.”

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