The first phase of Fiorentina's pre season ended yesterday with a friendly against local squad, Montecatini Terme. La Viola beat the locals 8-0 with a squad of newcomers, back ups and youth, as most of the regulars still haven't reported.
Fiorentina started the match in a 4-3-3, with Neto in goal, Facundo Roncaglia, Marvin Compper, Ahmed Hegazi and Marcos Alonso in defense. Matias Vecino, Massimo Ambrosini and Marko Bakic filled in the midfield with Joaquin Sanchez, Giuseppe Rossi and Oleksandr Iakovenko in front.
Ambrosini got the scoring off for the team from Firenze, seven minutes into the match, from an assist by Joaquin .
Fiorentina held nearly all the possession early, with Joaquin and Rossi controlling the game for Fiorentina
Iakovenko soon doubled the lead after hitting the post twice and Bakic followed it up with a third from a nice assist from Rossi.
That ended the first half, 3-0 in favor of the purple team.
Fiorentina completely changed the lineup in the second half with Cristiano Lupatelli in goal, Mattia Cassani, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Ruben Olivera and Manuel Pasqual in defense. Romulo, Leonardo Capezzi and Rafal Wolski in middfield, with Federico Bernardeschi, Kenneth Zohore and Ryder Matos in front.
Zohore started the half off with a lot of activity, having a goal disallowed and sending a header slightly wide and the activity paid off as he got the assist on the fourth goal by Wolski.
Bernardeschi followed it up with another goal just a few minutes later.
After a very uninspired and reportedly, ugly performance, Olivera was replaced by Saverio Madrigali. The quote from Firenzaviola.it says it all, "He played like his bags were already packed."
Wolski scored again, followed by Romulo before Wolski had another goal disallowed for offside.
Fiorentina then went down to 9 men after injuries to both Rodriguez and Matos, hopefully those injuries don't prove to be serious.
Zohore finished off the scoring and the first phase of training with a late goal.
By all reports, Joaquin, Rossi and Alonso all looked very good, while the flop of the match was clearly Olivera. Granted he was playing out of position, but still, he very much looks to be way outside the plans of the organization
Fiorentina will take Sunday and Monday off, before heading onto Moena and the second phase of training. All the regulars, along with new purchase Mario Gomez, should join the rest of the squad and the real work will start.
The training camp in Moena is due to run from July 16th to the 27th and from July 30th to August 8th.
The schedule of friendlies for the rest of the training camp is as follows(all times Italian time):
Saturday, July 20th, 17:30 - Team Trentino
Wednesday, July 24th, 17:30 - Pro Patria
Saturday, July 27th, 17:30 - Apollon Limassol
Saturday, August 3rd, 17:30 - Gaziantepspor
Thursday, August 8th, 21:00 - Villareal
Sunday, August 11th, Time TBA - Sporting Lisbon
Cristiano Piccini has been loaned to Liverno
Stevan Jovetic is expected in Firenze today to complete his medicals in preparation for Moena.
Meanwhile, the rumor mill continues to grind away incessantly. Among the stories:
Udinese is interested in Cassani, Twente might be interested in Mounir El Hamdaoui, there are also some English teams that have him on their radar. There are still rumblings about Michael Agazzi, who only has a year left in his contract and could leave next year for free, and, of course, Jovetic and Adem Ljajic rumors are thicker than Italian coffee...