Tuesday December 20 2011
Rossi: 'Why I dropped Gila'

Delio Rossi concedes Fiorentina are still a work in progress and explains why he dropped Alberto Gilardino.

The Coach was brought in to replace Sinisa Mihajlovic, but has struggled for results and there was a disappointing 0-0 draw with Siena this afternoon.

“In terms of physique and spirit, we have improved and I saw a less frenetic midfield,” noted Rossi.

“We still don’t move enough without the ball. I had to deal with an emergency situation today, as many players were not in good shape.

“So far I have been an inventor rather than a Coach, having to work it out game by game. I do have ideas and need to find a system that can involve as many players as possible.”

He surprised many this afternoon by dropping Gilardino and Manuel Pasqual for the Tuscan derby.

“A Coach is paid to make choices and I never look at names when I pick my players. In other occasions I substituted Gilardino, while this time I introduced him after the break. Pasqual got a knock to the head two days ago and I didn’t want to risk him.

“There will be one or two changes in January, but no transformation or signing a saviour. We’ve got to work and that is all.”