” Europe was a dream for me. As a footballer I was unable to achieve it and it is precisely for this reason that last year I did everything together with Fiorentina to try to reach this goal. Having succeeded makes me happy, proud and charged ”.
Vincenzo Italiano can’t wait, at the Franchi (at 9 pm, live broadcast on Tv8) he will make his debut as a coach on the international scene: the occasion is the first leg of the Conference League playoffs against the Dutch Twente, return on August 25, access to the group stage is up for grabs. ” Last season we went beyond expectations, now we try to be ready – said the viola coach – we care very much about this competition and more than the fact that it was an Italian team, Roma, to win it, to push us to to do well there is the desire to give and give ourselves many special nights like this ”.
Fiorentina has been missing from the European stage since 2017 under the management of Della Valle, so also for Rocco Commisso it is the first time as president. Just as it is the first time for many players as well. ” Also for this reason – declared Italian – I want to appeal to the fans so that there are many at the stadium, to encourage and support us. When they are there for us it is something more ”. Up to now about 15,000 tickets have been sold, and two thousand Dutch supporters have been announced, hence an accurate public order service. Italian, however, has more to worry about, Twente are still unbeaten in this start of the season between the league, the preliminary rounds of the Conference and friendly matches. ” I have seen many videos and it is a solid, formidable team – the words of Italian -, we will need the utmost attention and above all we will have to be better than last year, all trying to come up with something more ”.
Among other things, the Dutch coach, Ron Jans, boasts a previous crossing with the Viola: in 2007 he led Groningen and was eliminated on penalties in the Europa League by Fiorentina then coached by Prandelli. “I have an open account and I am looking forward to the match – said the Dutch coach – even if Fiorentina are more important than us at the international level and are the strongest opponent we could meet. In any case we will play our game. sure it will not end 0-0 ”.
Training chapter: many doubts that Italian will dispel at the last minute, Terracciano should return between the posts and Nico Gonzalez holder in the trident, runoff between Jovic and Cabral, sure absent Benassi and Kokorin excluded from the Uefa list, Igor’s recovery is difficult. But aside from who will play Amrabat, the Moroccan national team born in the Netherlands, explained that “Twente is a typical Dutch team, very organized, but my team-mates and I worked hard last year to get here and we want to go. forward as much as possible in this competition. ”
Meanwhile, on the market front, Barak from Verona seems to be approaching.