Now and then you wonder who the real men are...
Today it wasn't the guys in Purple.
In arguably the biggest match of the year to this point, Fiorentina played like a Primavera team, with a fumbling, bumbling defense and a so called star called Yoyo shooting balls 20 feet over the net. The midfield did no better giving acres of space to the opposing midfield, allowing them to do whatever they wanted.
So, it was no shock Juventus came out the winner, although a lot of us are probably shocked at how badly Fior looked doing it.
Coach Vincenzo Montella needs to seriously reevaluate his strategy, as the three man back line clearly isn't sufficient against the better teams in the league and the offense is averaging less than a goal a game in 2013.
It gets no easier next week as Inter come to town...
"Today Juventus proved they are superior," shrugged the Coach. "That doesn’t mean that Fiorentina didn’t try to challenge, as Juve scored and controlled the game like the great team they are.
"We are in the middle of a growth process and that also means experiencing lessons like this. We always play with our characteristics, as if you put 10 men behind the ball then you’re going to lose anyway.
"Tonight Juve made it difficult for us to construct our moves, which hadn’t happened to us often. It will be good experience for the next games."
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 *)
Pizarro (11) * - one game suspension on the next card.
Cuadrado (7) *
Jovetic (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Tomovic (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Valero (3) - one game suspension on the next card.
Aquilani (2) -
Sunday, February 17 2:45 ET Fiorentina v Internazionale
Sunday February 24 9:00 ET Bologna v Fiorentina
Sunday March 3 9:00 ET Fiorentina v Chievo Verona
Sunday March 10 3:45 ET Lazio v Fiorentina
Sunday, March 17 10:00 ET Fiorentina v Genoa
Saturday, March 30 10:00 ET Cagliari v Fiorentina