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Fiorentina vs. Cagliari match preview: Montella wary of "motivated" Cagliari

The manager warns of losing concentration against a side who may be refreshed by the appointment of new manager Gianluca Festa.

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Fiorentina will be at home again tomorrow night when they take on Serie A strugglers Cagliari at 18:00 CET. The Sardinian outfit have named Gianluca Festa as their third manager this season, with Zdenek Zeman having left the club on Tuesday - just over a month after taking over after Gianfranco Zola was relieved of his duties.

Festa knows Cagliari well, having previously worked as assistant manager and youth team coach and has spoken of is desire to bring belief back to the club, despite sitting 19th in the table and 9 points away from safety. The isolani should be without injury worries and will only miss striker Samuele Longo, on loan from Inter, and defender Luca Rossettini through suspension.

Viola coach Vincenzo Montella is not expected to repeat the wholesale rotation of his squad of Monday night's defeat to Hellas Verona and Micah Richards is the only new addition to the list of players out of the squad through injury. Although the Europa League semi final with Sevilla will remain the priority, Fiorentina sit just 4 points behind 4th placed Napoli and will need to keep up the pace to safeguard the European qualification spot for next season.

The viola are looking to bounce back from two straight league defeats and must remain focused against a Cagliari side, who although have lost eight out of their last nine league games, could be rejuvenated by the appointment of a new manager. Three points at home will be very welcome heading into Wednesday night's clash with top of the table Juventus... FORZA RAGAZZI!


Cagliari: 4-3-2-1 Brkic; Pisano, Diakitè, Capuano, Avelar; Dessena, Conti, Ekdal; Cossu, Mpoku; Cop