Sunday January 22 2012
Rossi: 'Don't sell Behrami'

Delio Rossi admits Fiorentina’s performance in Cagliari “was not brilliant,” but warns the club not to sell Valon Behrami.

The Viola’s 0-0 draw with Cagliari was postponed by 30 minutes due to a strike by workers from the nearby aluminium factory that will be closed down.

“It was a strange game, especially with that late start, but it was a civil protest from 500 people who are losing everything. I hope our presence can be a spotlight to let their story be heard,” said the Coach.

“It wasn’t a brilliant performance and the 0-0 result is right, even if there were some encouraging signs in terms of our hunger to win.

“We’ve got to improve our style of football and try to be more efficient in attack.”

Stevan Jovetic missed out with an injury, but Alessio Cerci has been dropped after a row with fans.

“Cerci is a wide attacker with certain characteristics, so he has been penalised by our change to a 3-5-2 system. If he gets the chance, it’s best he go express himself elsewhere, otherwise he’ll have to stay in Florence and try to adapt.”

However, Rossi was far harsher when asked about the Juventus bid for Behrami.

“I think the club needs to take steps in order to improve the squad and not sell one of the most positive players. We need those who fit the project that I am trying to build with the club.”

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