No wins since the end of September. A problem with scoring goals from open play. A number of key players out through suspension. A home match versus local rivals. This was the situation that faced under-pressure Fiorentina boss Stefano Pioli before last Sunday’s match with Empoli, and to make matters worse, the Viola were already 1-0 down after just 23 minutes. Continue reading
Standings implications: Juventus squeezed past Torino in the Derby della Mole, but Napoli maintained the distance with a late gem in Cagliari. Inter continue to rack up home wins as Udinese were their latest victim. Atalanta edged Lazio, confirming their high ambitions for the season. Roma prevailed in a rollercoaster of a game versus Genoa. Fiorentina and Sassuolo were able to pop Empoli and Frosinone, snapping out of their lengthy droughts. Sampdoria also got a win down in the Europa League morass. SPAL and Chievo shared the spoils in a more intense match than what the result indicates. Continue reading
Having struggled for points in recent weeks, Sunday’s meeting with Empoli offers Fiorentina a chance to get back to winning ways in front of their own fans. Continue reading
Fiorentina travelled to Sassuolo on Sunday and the game ended with a simply breathtaking finish. Down by three goals to one, the visitors looked dead and buried, only to suddenly spark into life in the final minutes of the match. Continue reading
Plenty of pathos in the last Serie A round: Cagliari-Roma and Lazio-Sampdoria would have been worthy candidates for match of the week, but then Sassuolo-Fiorentina outdid them on Sunday.
Both teams came into the game pretty desperate for a win: the Neroverdi had prevailed just once in the previous eight fixtures, while La Viola last grabbed the full three points for the last time in late September. With Kevin-Prince Boateng out with an injury, Roberto De Zerbi used his best XI, with Khouma Babacar spearheading the front-line, Federico Di Francesco on the left wing and Stefano Sensi as deep-lying playmaker. Continue reading
Standings implications: Juventus sank Inter in the most anticipated game of the round, while Napoli wiped out Frosinone, maintaining the distance from the top spot and gaining ground on the Nerazzurri. Both Roman teams were incredibly pipped at the post against Cagliari and Sampdoria and Fiorentina tied the game late versus Sassuolo. Milan and Torino shared the spoils, so the only team prospering in the Europa League zone was Atalanta, which upended Udinese on the road. Among the relegation strugglers, Empoli keep soaring with the third win in the last month, this time over Bologna. Genoa showed grit in the one-one tie with SPAL in Cesare Prandelli’s debut. Continue reading
It’s easy to think Fiorentina’s 1-1 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi versus AS Roma was a fantastic result when viewed in isolation. It meant the Viola remain unbeaten at home and are currently five points behind 4th place, a finish that would secure Champions League football for next season. Continue reading
It is clear that Croatia international Marko Pjaca possesses the kind of natural talent that would not normally allow a club like Fiorentina to secure his services. Signed by Juventus – a team with a proven track record for acquiring excellent players – for €23 million from Dinamo Zagreb in summer 2016, the Bianconeri clearly expecting him to break into the first team at some point. Continue reading
Just a pair of juicy match-ups on deck this week, while the top teams will try to take advantage of cozy fixtures on paper.
Napoli-Empoli: the Partenopei were not super sharp versus Roma, they salvaged a draw but could have probably done more if they did not put themselves in the predicament of having to come back. It was the first time they dropped points at home. Empoli have not won since the first game, but they certainly put up a fight against Juventus before Cristiano Ronaldo decided to win it. Continue reading
Having negotiated their way through a difficult start to the 2018/19 campaign, a visit to Torino marks the start of a spell where Fiorentina need to start racking up wins. Continue reading