Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella had more decisions to make for this evening's Coppa Italia round of 16 match with Chievo and he went young, bringing in Ante Rebic, Rafal Wolski, Matias Fernandez, Facundo Roncaglia and Marvin Compper. He did counter the youth with some age, adding Massimo Ambrosini and Joaquin to regulars like Borja Valero and Gonzalo Rodriguez.
It took less than half an hour for Fiorentina to impose their dominance and score from a Wolski cross to Joaquin, who scored on a one timer.
Shortly before half time, Valero bounced a free kick off the cross bar and Rebic pounced to head it in for the second goal.
The teams traded second yellows in the second half and wound up a man short, with Ambrosini sent off for Fiorentina. He'll miss the next Coppa match against either Catania or Siena.
Didn't get to see the match - feel free to add your score
Matos for Rebic 64'
Pizarro for Wolski 69'
Vecino for Compper 81'
"This win gives us more confidence going into the next matches."
"We hope to go to Torino and bring back three points on Sunday, as that is an important test for us."
“It is always hard to do without a player of Giuseppe’s level, we miss him so much, but fortunately we do have other champions in the squad and they proved that.
“It’s a positive that we have different options and can take on many different tactical systems. Chievo started strong, but after the first goal we had it under control.”
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Coppa Italia Goals
(Players scoring in this match have an *)
Yellow Card Accumulation
(Players receiving yellow cards in this match have an *, red cards #)
Ambrosini (2) *# - Misses next match.
Much tougher task this weekend at Torino, Torino is coming off a road loss and this being their first match at home since the break, you'd expect a good effort from them.
Viola will still be figuring out what to do without Rossi. The Juans, Vargas and Cuadrado will be rested up, as will Ilicic. I'm guessing that's not a coincidence and those three will feature on sunday morning early. Note that game is at 6:30 am Eastern Time.
After Torino is another road trip, this time to bottom table Catania.
Then back to Coppa play, at 4th seed Catania or at the Franchi against Siena, depending on results.
Sun Jan 12 6:30 ET Torino v Fiorentina
Sun Jan 19 9:00 ET Catania v Fiorentina
Thu Jan 23 Fiorentina v Catania/Siena - Coppa Italia
Sun Jan 26 2:45 ET Fiorentina v Genoa
Sun Feb 2 9:00 ET Cagliari v Fiorentina
Sun Feb 9 9:00 ET Fiorentina v Atalanta
Sun Feb 16 9:00 ET Fiorentina v Internazionale
Thu Feb 20 1:00 ET Esbjerg v Fiorentina - Europa League (Second Round)
Sun Feb 23 9:00 ET Parma v Fiorentina
Thu Feb 27 3:05 ET Fiorentina v Esbjerg - Europa League (Second Round)
Sun Mar 2 9:00 ET Fiorentina v Lazio