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Friday December 20 2019
Viola lagging behind Roma

Roma proved they are at a far more advanced stage of their American project in every sense compared to Fiorentina, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.

When Italy sent its sons and daughters overseas, it could hardly have dreamed of nights like these: two of Serie A’s most famous sides going head to head under the ownership of those who ended up in the States to seek their fortune. It will be James Pallotta who enjoys bragging rights over Rocco Commisso the next time they meet at some country club.

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Friday December 20 2019
Prade: 'Montella replacement tough'

Fiorentina director of sport Daniele Pradè practically confirmed Vincenzo Montella’s dismissal. “It’s not easy to find a strong replacement, but patience has its limits.”

For the second season in a row, the Viola are flirting with relegation, as this evening’s 4-1 home defeat to Roma means they picked up one point in the last six Serie A rounds.

“It’s a very tough moment, we can only apologise to the fans,” Pradè told Radio Bruno.

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Friday December 20 2019
Montella: 'Fiorentina lack quality'

Vincenzo Montella acknowledged his Fiorentina job is at risk after a 4-1 defeat to Roma, but insisted he can “only do so much” with this squad.

Since returning to the Viola bench on April 10, Montella has lost 13 of his 24 Serie A matches at the helm.

He picked up just 19 points out of an available 72, including one in the last six rounds.

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Friday December 20 2019
Fonseca: 'Roma need possession'

Paulo Fonseca praised Roma for “understanding how important it is” to keep possession after a 4-1 win at Fiorentina. “Lorenzo Pellegrini is very intelligent.”

Edin Dzeko, Pellegrini and Nicolò Zaniolo all contributed both a goal and assist this evening, along with Aleksandar Kolarov’s free kick.

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Friday December 20 2019
Pellegrini: 'Roma enjoying games'

Lorenzo Pellegrini said Roma want to “continue improving, enjoying our football and controlling games” after a 4-1 victory away to Fiorentina.

The midfielder contributed both a goal and assist at the Stadio Franchi, with Edin Dzeko, Nicolò Zaniolo and Aleksandar Kolarov also on target.

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Friday December 20 2019
Roma thump four past Fiorentina

Roma flattened sorry Fiorentina 4-1 at the Stadio Franchi, with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolò Zaniolo contributing a goal and assist each.

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Friday December 20 2019
Liveblog: Fiorentina v Roma

Join us for the build-up and action from tonight’s Serie A game, as troubled Fiorentina welcome fourth-placed Roma with revamped line-ups.

It kicks off at the Stadio Franchi at 19.45 GMT in the Week 17 fixtures.

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Friday December 20 2019
Antognoni 'worried' for Fiorentina

Fiorentina director Giancarlo Antognoni admits he is “a little worried” ahead of tonight’s match with Roma.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

The last-gasp equaliser with Inter last week means the Viola have one point from five Serie A rounds.

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Friday December 20 2019
De Sanctis: 'Difficult to improve Roma'

Roma team manager Morgan De Sanctis warned them not to underestimate Fiorentina, while their team is “difficult to improve” in January.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“The performance evidently has to be good, because Fiorentina are well-organised, they are currently missing some important players, but we cannot rely on that,” De Sanctis told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday December 20 2019
Lirola: 'Fiorentina turning point'

Pol Lirola believes the equaliser with Inter can “be the turning point for a whole season,” as Fiorentina host Roma this evening.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

The Viola terminated a run of four consecutive defeats thanks to Dusan Vlahovic’s last-gasp goal to hold Inter 1-1.

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