Wednesday September 28 2011
Natali praises Fiorentina's positivity

Cesare Natali claims that Fiorentina's mental attitude is behind their good start to the season, whilst he also reflects on Riccardo Montolivo's situation.

The centre-back is part of a back-line that has transformed from the beginning of last season and has kept three clean sheets from four games played, and only conceded twice.

The 32-year-old reflected on the positive start, and what he believes is behind things going right in Florence.

"We must not lose focus. We are going well, having only conceded two goals from four games, but the credit is shared with other departments. We need to continue.

"I personally enjoy the positive outlook, but have always also tried to keep a more balanced approach, even in times of trouble. I am a professional, I just have to work hard and fully commit. If anything, I hope to sustain my physical condition.

"Of course, if you start well then it is easier to generate enthusiasm. The players and the Coach know each other a lot better, the transfer market has seen good players arrive, some situations have been clarified, and the proof is in our performances.

"In Napoli it went well, but we need consistency. At home we are better, and we need to confirm this against Lazio [next Sunday's opponents]. However, the road we are on is the right one. We have reached a certain maturity and finally made the jump. First you need to be psychologically level to then be level on pitch."

Natali then gave his opinion on Riccardo Montolivo's fall-out with the club's hierarchy in the wake of refusing to sign a new contract.

"I am sorry about the situation he is going through, even if he has not spoken a lot.

"At this point it is about the pitch. His performance on Sunday, and during the week [in training]…I can assure you of his great professionalism and commitment to reaching a common goal.

"Only once have I seen a little trouble, and that was in Udine. It was understandable though, as it was the first Sunday after [the club announced he would not sign a new contract]."

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