Saturday October 22 2011
Mihajlovic: 'I'm in the dock'

Sinisa Mihajlovic welcomes his former club Catania today, but admits with Fiorentina's struggles he is “in the dock.”

The Viola have notched up just two points from their last three games and fans turned on their Coach after the 0-0 draw with 10-man Cesena.

“Valon Behrami said the team is with me and that public statement was pleasing, but I have always taken responsibility and if Fiorentina don't perform at the right level then it's my fault,” said the Serb.

“Is the criticism excessive? Clearly it's never positive, as when Fiorentina win the media tend to say it was because our opponents were poor. We all know this is what Florence is like.

“I believe this season the only game we deserved to lose was against Udinese. I do feel that I am in the dock, which is normal in this line of work, but I am also very relaxed.

“I won't change the 4-3-3 system. We are working on it, especially pushing the midfielders up during attacks, and hope to see the results this weekend.”

Mihajlovic comes face to face with his former club, as he helped Catania avoid relegation in 2009-10.

“They beat Inter last week, so their confidence will be sky-high. It's going to be a very delicate match, as they are strong in attack.”

Alberto Gilardino is back in the squad much earlier than expected after his sprained knee and looks set for a spot on the bench, but Marco Cassetti was a late injury addition.