Saturday December 20 2014
Rossi: 'No bad luck or Prandelli'

Giuseppe Rossi has made a point to “never mention bad luck” or ex-Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli in his autobiography.

The Fiorentina striker released his new tome ‘A modo mio’ – My Way – and presented it to the media via the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I wanted to reveal the man and not just the player. In 140 pages I surmise my universe: the great moments, the terrible ones, the joy and the suffering.

“The most emotional part is discussing my father, who passed away five years ago. Along with a parent, I lost a friend. When I was 12 years old we left America together to go to Parma and he stayed with me till the end. He’s still here with me now and it is for him, above all, that I am trying to emerge from this latest injury.”

Pepito Rossi is expected to be back in action in February or March 2015 after yet more knee surgery.

“I hope I’ll be back soon, because I’ve had enough of being set aside exclusively because of my knee. I want to play and show to everyone that Pepito has still got it. Unfortunately injuries are the risks that go with this job. The important thing is to remember that the real healing starts in the mind and not the bones.”

Asked for his favourite career moment, Rossi picked the hat-trick against Juventus, which made him “see 60-year-olds crying from joy and Fiorentina fans cheering as if the game was still going and we’d scored a fifth.

“Mind you, perhaps the goal I remember with the most affection was one I scored against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu for Villarreal. My mother was in the stands and started celebrating like crazy surrounded by Blancos fans! If my father hadn’t been there to protect here, I don’t know what would’ve happened!”

Rossi did not hide his devastation and anger at being left out of the 2014 World Cup campaign by Prandelli.

“That is water under the bridge and in fact in the book I never mention Prandelli or the slightest controversy towards him. I also made sure I never mention the term ‘bad luck’: I don’t like it, that sounds too much like an alibi. A real man doesn’t blame misfortune.”

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