Friday November 18 2011
Fiorentina boss asks for time

Delio Rossi has admitted that he’ll need time to fix Fiorentina’s problems. “God took seven days to make the world.”

The tactician replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic on the Viola bench this month and will make his debut against Milan on Saturday.

“I’m not a doctor, a pharmacist or a miracle worker,” the former Lazio and Palermo tactician noted on Friday afternoon.

“I’m just a Coach who asks his players to battle and respect the shirt they wear. God took seven days to make the world.

“I want a team that always battles,” he continued. “Those players who don’t fight have defeat in their heart.”

Rossi has been a popular appointment amongst the club’s fans, but he’s warned that not a lot may change against the Rossoneri this weekend.

“I’m nervous, but more curious,” he continued.

“I’ve just arrived here in this situation, but I must do well and quickly. I do need to see a few games though in order to understand where to intervene.

“Only a competitive match can give me an accurate assessment of what the problems are.

“I’ve worked with only a few players during the international break, so it’ll be hard to see my work against Milan.

“The formation? I have an idea about how we should play, but right now the 4-3-1-2 system could be the best solution.

“We’ll give it a go against Milan, but we won’t necessarily win just because I’ve beaten them in the past.”

Italian champions Milan will go into the encounter having won their last five Serie A games on the trot.

“They are in great form and it will be very difficult to stop them. But we will try to do our best and get a result at home.”

The Viola will be without Stevan Jovetic, Juan Vargas, Per Kroldrup, Cesare Natali and Mattia Cassani.