Torino vs Fiorentina by JerryDrake
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Bookmakers are influenced by the fact that Fiorentina will play without his best two strikers, Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi. As you all know, Italian-American player Giuseppe Rossi suffered a serious injury in the game played at home against Livorno and he is now trying to recover and be back in around two months, just in time to find his form again and play at the World Cup.
This will be an important loss for Fiorentina as Giuseppe Rossi is the best scorer in this Serie A with 14 goals scored, three more than second placed Carlos Tevez. Owner of Fiorentina, Diego Della Valle, famous all over the world for his shoes company Tod's, has confirmed to have a good nose for business, when he decided to sign him last year as Rossi was still recovering from a long injury suffered while playing with Villarreal.
His investment was right: Rossi recovered well and through the great trust he received from the coach and Fiorentina managers, he started playing at his best and score lot of goals - achieving also the National team as regular player of the attack together with Mario Balotelli. If Italy will ever play a good tournament in Brazil coach Prandelli, former trainer of Fiorentina, will have to be thankful also to his old employer Della Valle.
I also consider Rossi's injury a big loss for Fiorentina - which will surely sign another good player in the next weeks - but I see things from a more general perspective. If Fiorentina is one of the top Serie A teams now it is mainly because the club is well organized and structured. Della Valle took this club back from Serie C2 to Serie A and last year they would have deserved to qualify to the Champions League. In some games Milan received some help from the referees and Fiorentina arrived fourth in the final table, just two points behind Milan.
Fiorentina does not count only on a good club organisation. They have one of the best trainers in Italy, Vincenzo Montella. He works seriously and is concerned for every little detail. When he decides a line-up there is never room for doubts, he takes his decisions with a great attention to the form of the players, the tactics (above all in the midfield) and the detailed analysis of the opponents.
This will happen also for this game in Turin. Fiorentina is just three points behind Napoli. Montella and Della Valle claim that the Italian football society start taking their project seriously. If Fiorentina was close to the Champions League last year it was not by accident. And if they have another good chance this year, together with their unbroken positive run in Europa League and in the Italian Cup, it is still not by accident. These are the fruits of the good project started by Fiorentina many years ago.
In Turin Fiorentina will have to rebuild their line-up and bet on their good midfield players and their capacity to play also forward. Cuadrado on the right wing, Vargas on the left, and Ilicic as central striker could be a new solution for Montella. Ilicic has still not proven the player he can be, but Fiorentina still believe in him. As they did with Rossi. Compared to last game played against Chievo, Fiorentina will have six regulars back in the starting eleven: Aquilani, Savic, Pizarro, Cuadrado, Ilicic and Vargas. But the substitutes are ready to make their part. Joaquin and Rebic played a good game in the Italian Cup and also scored one goal.
Torino are obtaining good results this year. They already have 25 points, much more than expected, and this confirms the good job done by coach Ventura. For this game they will miss Vives and Larrondo while it is not sure that Ciro Immobile and El Kaddouri will be available. Without Immobile it would be tough for Torino. Former Fiorentina
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