Wednesday March 19 2014
Montella: Proud to coach Viola

Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella says he is proud to coach the Florence outfit and hopes to remain at the club for a long time.

The Italian tactician has had a promising start to his career and has been linked with the Barcelona and Tottenham jobs in recent times.

“I don’t want to talk about things like that, I’m a professional,” Montella responded when asked whether he would like to coach Juventus one day at the pre-match Press conference ahead of the Viola’s match with the Old Lady.

“I am very proud to coach Fiorentina and I hope to do it for a long time.”

The 39-year-old then discussed his team’s chances in their Europa League Last 16 second leg tomorrow.

“There is only motivation for a game of this type,” he said. “The opponent is of a great level.

“We must approach the game calmly because that is the only way that will allow us to give our best.

“I expect the players to show their character out on the pitch and play with joy.

“We need to play our own way if we want to get the result.

“We won’t change much against Juventus, we need to show our characteristics to the best of our ability and not think about stopping the opposition.

“I don’t agree that it’s virtually a final, we are still only in the Last 16.

“Juventus know it will be hard against us but the Bionconeri have been used to playing matches like this for years.

“I like the referee Howard Webb a lot, but it would have been fine whoever was appointed.”

Montella then commented on opposite number Antonio Conte and the condition of his players.

“Antonio and I have known each other for a long time,” he revealed. “While the match is ongoing and while he is coaching his personality changes and his will to win is clear.

“He really manages to transfer his character to his team.

“Gomez’s condition is getting better and better, I want to assess him today.

“I need to decide because against Juventus we might choose to start the match in one way but finish it in another.

“There are various tactical possibilities.

“We will assess Mati Fernandez today, I need to see how he is.

“I would have loved to have had Batistuta available tomorrow!

“But I don’t think I was made for a game like this, I would have preferred someone like Batistuta!”

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