It is raining. On the public not covered by the grandstand, on Fiorentina now only four points from the relegation zone, on Vincenzo Montella exonerated. In the morning he directed the last training, then Joe Barone and Daniele Pradè communicated their decision to the now ex-viola technician. Montella thus pays the blame for not having been able to reverse the first negative results by remaining anchored to the same idea that had initially been successful, starting from the internal draw with Juventus. As for the substitute, Davide Ballardini was in the stands at the "Franchi", but the most popular name is that of Beppe Iachini in the morning in Florence.
On Instagram the farewell letter by Vincenzo Montella:
“There would be many things to say, but I prefer to look ahead and tell my mood, my displeasure. Florence and the Florentines deserve something more. From everyone. There is no doubt. And it will be a square, a fan, a people that will remain forever in my heart. Mistakes have been made. From me, from my staff, from those who take the field. But probably not only here. I would have liked a team of football players made, mixed with talented young people. But the indication was to focus on 'our' young people and expert footballers. And perhaps in the light of this nobody has ever asked me for anything, nobody has ever set a seasonal target: neither the property nor the managers. That it was a year of transition was clear. And in these vintages there are beautiful and less beautiful moments, which must be tackled together. We were waiting for January to review the squad, insert some players and raise the level of competitiveness. Problem analysis was common and shared. Because apart from me the problem was and probably is. I would be a liar if I said that I don't mind leaving halfway, because I am convinced that with some corrections, in the second round, we would have done better. This is demonstrated by the performance of the team when fully booked. I thank my staff, I thank those who work behind the scenes, but above all I thank my players, who followed me from start to finish and giving me everything they had. Real men, from the smallest to the largest. Always. The regret remains, but also the gratitude towards those who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to sit on the Fiorentina bench. I wish the best to my successor, to the President Commisso, an extraordinary man, to Joe Barone, always available, loyal and in love with Fiorentina, and to the rest of the managers. Today it is right for me to pay, to act as a lightning rod. And that's okay. I have broad shoulders.
For the rest I am sure that I will get up once again. As I have always done as a footballer, as a coach, as a man. Meanwhile THANK YOU Fiorentina. I will always be on your side. "
The poker suffered by Roma was however an exaggerated passive as shown on the field. Fiorentina did not suffer a defeat like in Cagliari, nor did it appear extinct as in Verona, not even confused as with Lecce or harmless as with Torino. Just to summarize the four consecutive defeats followed by the desperate draw in recovery with Inter, a game, in our opinion, in which the Viola had found the point for the classification but played worse than with Roma.
Against the Giallorossi the beginning is from Fiorentina but in the best moment the one two of the adversaries in three minutes is a double blow from which it is difficult to recover even if we are only at 21 '. Shortly after half an hour Badelj, in the right place at the right time, reopens the game. In the second half Montella inserts Pedro but a few minutes later Pellegrini scores the third goal followed by that of the former Zaniolo in the final. The crossbar of Vlahovic at the end is the last sign of vitality of Fiorentina. Waiting for the stadium to come, if it will be valued at Mercafir valued at 22 million or at Campi Bisenzio for 5 million, it is necessary to intervene in the January market to reinforce a team with too many deficiencies. But with which coach?
The report cards
DRAGOWSKI 5 - Still on Kolarov's free-kick and late on Pellegrini's shot
PEZZELLA 6 - Excellent intervention at the start on Zaniolo but he loses a ball just in favor of the ex viola who will then force him to a yellow card. Suffering yet it seems irreplaceable for the purple defense
CACERES 6 - Part of the credit for Badelj's goal is also his. Ready to restart but responsible for the first goal suffered. Yellow Card
MILENKOVIC 5 - He lost a dangerous ball due to the yellow and red restart in the second half. It appears uncertain
LIROLA 6 - Decisive intervention in advance on Perotti in the first half and another in the second half on Zaniolo. Not very proactive
DALL'83 ' UNDER sv -
PULGAR 6 - A nice filtering pass, growing compared to the last games
BADELJ 6 - Reopen the game by being in the right place at the right time. Some wrong passage
CASTROVILLI 6,5 - Badelj's goal was born from his persistent action. Forcing Kolarov to warn, a notable filter ball in the second half. Booked for simulation
DALL'83 ' EYSSERIC sv -
DALBERT 5 - We see little, except a cross in the second half
BOATENG 5,5 - Engages the goalkeeper in the 11th minute and supports Vlahovic but should give more
FROM THE 66 ' PEDRO 5 - Some nice ball control to demonstrate that the player is there but does not affect
VLAHOVIC 6 - The great goal scored at Inter gave him confidence in his own means. Also try a free-kick in the first half by raising the ball slightly above the crossbar. Mark in the 13th minute offside, hits the crossbar on a free kick at the end. Yellow Card
ALL. MONTELLA 5 - The defeats are too many. The team does not have a strong identity and a lot of determination is needed to save itself. The entrance to Eysseric is inexplicable
Present from the 1 'minute
Pulgar, Dragowski 18
Dalbert, Badelj 16
Lirola, Pezzella 14
Benassi, Venuti, Sottil 5
Cristoforo, Terzic, Terracciano 1
Ghezzal, Benassi 6
Ceccherini, Ribery, Zurkowski, Lirola, Eysseric 2
Venuti, Montiel, Dalbert, Badelj, Ranieri, Caceres, Terzic 1
Castrovilli, Milenkovic, Chiesa, Pulgar (3 rig.) 3
Ribery, Benassi 2
Boateng, Pezzella, Caceres, Badelj, own goal 1
Castrovilli, Vlahovic 3
Ribery, Pezzella, Chiesa, Pulgar, Benassi 1
Milenkovic, Church, Lirola, Caceres, Vlahovic, Montella (att.) 3
Come, Sottil, Boateng 2
Ranieri, Dragowski, Terzic, Benassi, Ribery, Badelj 1
Ranieri, Ribery, Venuti, Montella 1