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Lineups and Match Talk: Lugano vs. FIORENTINA

Montella has handed out many debuts for this low-key friendly.

This guy though... Photo
This guy though... Photo
Valerio Pennicino

Micah Richards, Milan Badelj, and young Ricardo Bagadur all make their first appearances for Fiorentina today, although we will be unable to watch as the game isn't televised. Vincenzo Montella has used this match as an opportunity to give minutes to some of the more often ignored names in the squad, including Andrea Lazzari, Oleksandr Iakovenko, and Mounir El Hamdaoui. Jose Maria Basanta may also make his first Viola appearance as a substitute. Here are the full lineups:

FIORENTINA (4-3-3) *maybe*: Lupatelli; Richards, Gonzalo, Bagadur, Vargas; Aquilani, Badelj, Lazzari; Iakovenko, El Hamdaoui, Babacar

Lugano (5-3-2): Santangelo; Malvino, Marcaj, Di Gregorio, Urbano, Basic; Rey, Sabbatini, Guarino; Cortellezzi, Cesar

While this international week friendly isn't on TV, but Viola Nation can use its third eye (the radio) to provide the salient updates, both below the line here and on Twitter. We will also be keeping an eye (ear?) out for news on our beloved Giuseppe Rossi, who will be undergoing surgery today in Colorado. Forza viola!