Whether it was distraction from the injury to Ahmed Hegazy and the death of David Pizarro's sister, not to mention the continuing saga of Stevan Jovetic health, this Fiorentina squad we saw today bore no resemblance to what we're used to.
Roma tie up Fiorentina in the standings. Siena is up next.
I'm too disgusted to write a review. You can watch the highlights, or not. I wouldn't recommend it...
Viviano(3) - Horrible day. made 5 saves but let 4 others through. 3 of them he probably could've saved.
Roncaglia(6) - Got a goal but gave up the first free kick that Roma scored from. Set the tone and Fior was chasing it for the rest of the match
Rodriguez(8) - would've been 8 -1 without him in there. got an assist as well, only down side was his yellow card.
Savic(5) - wasn't horrible but was getting run by a lot.
Cassani(2) - Useless, couldn't even throw the ball in to a teammate. I never want to see him again ; Fernandez(6) - breath of fresh air, but not enough
Aquilani(4) - Had the wrong jersey on, still a Roma player.
Olivera(1) - The only positive thing to say about his performace is he got the card that guarantees he won't play next week. Fire him ; El Hamdaoui(5) - good for 5 minutes, scored a goal but then pretty much disappeared. only put him on in the 80th minute.
Valero(6) - Only offensive player worth much today.
Pasqual(3) - he sucks, I don't care how loyal he is. Put Fernandez in his spot and let him be captain from the bench,.
Cuadrado(4) - stood around the whole second half. needs the winter break badly. Will miss next match.
Toni(4) - Useless, gave away 4 or 5 balls i can remember. too slow to run onlto long passes. wasted. ; Seferovic(6) - nearly got the equalizer, but really didn't get on soon enough to make a difference.
Montella(4) - Horrible starting lineup, Olivera should never play on thsi squad again. outcoached by Zeman. allowed his team to play Roma's game and got their legs run off. Made changes in the second half that helped, but still couldn't impress his style on the game. Need to do much better. Maybe he was caught up in the pagentry and the feelings of being up against his old team.l I don't know, this was very bad though
"We mustn’t make a drama out of it. We were coming off a long line of positive results and it can happen to lose against this Roma side."
"In fact, sometimes these defeats can do us good. We could’ve done better in our interpretation of the match, which is also true of my choices, but we had the hunger today.
"We played with our heads held high and carry on the same way, with great pride in the work we are doing and the football we are playing."
"Pizarro is very talented and has a way of tiring out opponents, as they can’t get the ball off him, but I don’t like to talk about those who aren’t here. I focus on the players at my disposal each week."
"Nothing happened with Franco Baldini, though the media made up all sorts of things about some supposed disagreement we had. I said hello at the final whistle."
Yellow Card Situation
Disqualification of one game after the 4th, 8th, 12th, 15th and the 17th yellow card. Past 17, every yellow card is equivalent to a one-match ban. (Players receiving yellow cards in this match have an *)
Roncaglia (7) *
Cuadrado (4) * - suspended next match.
Olivera (4) * - suspended next match.
Jovetic (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Tomovic (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Rodriguez (3) * - one game suspension on the next card.
Tuscan Darby, no Cuadrado, but Jovetic should be back.
Sunday, December 16 6:30 ET Fiorentina v Siena
Wednesday, December 19 Udinese v Fiorentina (Coppa Italia)
Saturday, December 22 9:00 ET Palermo v Fiorentina
Sunday, January 6 9:00 ET Fiorentina v US Pescara
End of the First Half of the Season
Sunday, January 13 9:00 ET Udinese v Fiorentina
Sunday, January 20 9:00 ET Fiorentina v Napoli