FIORENTINA NEWS

Marco Giampaolo felt Sampdoria “played on level terms with Inter and shouldn’t have lost” to a stoppage-time Marcelo Brozovic strike.
Francesca Chiesa said seeing her two sons Federico and Lorenzo embrace in the Fiorentina shirt “reminded me of Enrico embracing Federico when he was a ball-boy.”
Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s three Serie A games, Parma-Cagliari, Fiorentina-SPAL and an exciting Sampdoria-Inter.
Stefano Pioli wants Fiorentina to “play a positive and attacking style of football in any arena, against any opponent” after beating SPAL 3-0.
SPAL had conceded only one goal in four rounds, but let in three against Fiorentina with Marko Pjaca, Nikola Milenkovic and Federico Chiesa on target.
SPAL defender Thiago Cionek insists they “don’t feel the pressure” and want to keep soaring as they visit Fiorentina.
Fiorentina field a full-strength side, including Marko Pjaca, as they host a surprise SPAL outfit who are second in Serie A so far this season.
Coach Leonardo Semplici wants SPAL to become Serie A mainstays and described his style of football as “a mix between Maurizio Sarri and Max Allegri.”
Leonardo Semplici “didn’t expect SPAL to have nine points, but we have deserved every one” as they seek another win at Fiorentina.
Fiorentina Coach Stefano Pioli could “confirm the same team” against Spal, despite playing in midweek.
Sandro Tonali’s agent says the Brescia youngster shouldn’t be compared to Andrea Pirlo - “if we want to go over the top, at the same age he’s even stronger”.
World Cup winner Alberto Gilardino has reportedly decided to retire, after scoring 273 goals across his career.
Massimiliano Irrati will take charge of Napoli’s trip to Torino, as the Serie A Week 5 referees are announced.
Gianluca Caprari’s free kick cancelled out an early Giovanni Simeone header, as Sampdoria and Fiorentina shared the points in this rescheduled game.
Sampdoria are “playing for the victims of the Ponte Morandi disaster” in today’s rescheduled game with Fiorentina, said Nicola Murru.
Fiorentina defender Vitor Hugo assures the defeat to Napoli “won’t knock our confidence” as they visit Sampdoria today.
Sampdoria look to on-form Gregoire Defrel and Fabio Quagliarella against Fiorentina’s Giovanni Simeone and Federico Chiesa in the Week 1 fixture.
Captain Daniele De Rossi sees no reason Roma can’t repeat last season’s Champions League heroics - “last year, in theory, the group was even tougher…”
Former Italy CT Cesare Prandelli believes there are too many foreigners in youth academies - “I said the same things eight years ago…”
Vincenzo Montella admits “I don’t know when I’ll return to the bench”, and confesses to viewing Milan “with a bit of melancholy”.