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Saturday September 14 2019
Fiorentina make their point

It was a result with very different sensations for Fiorentina, Juventus and the Scudetto rivals, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.

In Florence, not all goalless draws are created equal. A share of the spoils with most teams visiting the Stadio Artemio Franchi might be a source of frustration and regret. Against Juventus, however, and especially after two defeats in a row to start their season, this one was priceless.

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Saturday September 14 2019
Montella: 'Ribery champion mentality'

Vincenzo Montella hails Franck Ribery and Gaetano Castrovilli after a 0-0 draw with Juventus, but rues the lack of a winning Fiorentina goal. “We’re on the right track.”

The Viola had better possession, passing, shots and even 10 corners to zero, but it still ended 0-0.

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Saturday September 14 2019
Prade': 'Chiesa understood project'

Fiorentina director of sport Daniele Pradè knows it’ll take “the perfect performance” against Juventus and describes how they kept Federico Chiesa.

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Saturday September 14 2019
Chiesa should thank Fiorentina

Despite strong interest from Juventus, Fiorentina somehow managed to keep Federico Chiesa and Vilizar Yakimov thinks both player and club will benefit.

This time Federico is not going to Turin. Only two years after Juventus snatched up Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina, the Bianconeri tried to do the same with another young talent that is blossoming at the Artemio Franchi.

However, this time the champions were dealing with a completely different customer compared to the Bernardeschi days. La Viola’s new ownership, ambitious project and revived enthusiasm proved to be enough to keep Federico Chiesa out of Juve’s reach and the fans are loving it.

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Friday September 13 2019
Montella: Calm as can be!

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella insists "I’m as calm as can be" as he urges the Press to get off his back. “Let me work, not until now have I had a full squad.”

Montella has received unequivocal backing from new Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso, but the fact remains the Coach has yet to win any of his 10 Serie A games back in charge.

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Wednesday September 11 2019
Montella: I'm not a failure

Vincenzo Montella insists he is not a failure, judging by his results with Milan and Sevilla, and  Fiorentina can do ‘something special’ against Juventus.

Montella has yet to win a Serie A game back at Fiorentina and was sacked by both Milan and Sevilla during the 2017-18 campaign.

thatHowever, he hit back in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport: “I won the Rossoneri’s last trophy, while at Sevilla I was sacked after a historic result, qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League and reaching the Copa del Rey Final.

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Tuesday September 3 2019
Commisso: Montella exit 'fake news'

Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has branded talk that he could sack Coach Vincenzo Montella ‘fake news’.

Reports emerged yesterday that Fiorentina were considering replacing Montella with Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso in light of their losing start to the season.

However, Commisso said at a Press conference: “I heard the news of Montella’s farewell and I have to deny it, it’s fake news and he’s staying with us.

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Sunday September 1 2019
Montella: 'Fiorentina lack experience'

Vincenzo Montella again identified inexperience as the problem with Fiorentina after their defeat to Genoa. “We keep losing our shape.”

The Viola suffered their second consecutive defeat, but again it was a very tight result after their 4-3 loss with Napoli, as Federico Chiesa hit the woodwork in stoppages for tonight’s 2-1 upset in Genoa.

“It’s a difficult fixture list, but we mustn’t look at it,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday August 31 2019
Montella: 'Courageous Fiorentina'

Vincenzo Montella wants to see “the same aggressive and courageous” Fiorentina approach when they visit Genoa.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

Both teams had dramatic season openers, the Viola losing 4-3 to Napoli and Genoa fighting back for 3-3 at Roma.

“I expect Fiorentina to respond with the same aggressive and courageous attitude shown against Napoli,” said Montella in his Press conference.

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Saturday August 24 2019
Montella: 'I cannot accept VAR decision'

Vincenzo Montella was livid with the referee and VAR after Fiorentina’s controversial 4-3 defeat to Napoli. “I can’t do it. I’m sorry. I just can’t.”

It was an exhilarating match, but also a controversial one with two dubious penalties awarded and one late appeal by Franck Ribery.

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