Fiorentina 10-0 Trentino
The first friendly match of the season, and Paulo Sousa's first game in charge took place as part of the Moena training camp with local side Trentino providing the opposition. You can view all ten goals here, but what did we learn from the match?
Fiorentina First Half: Lezzerini; Camporese, Hegazi, Gigli; Fazzi, Diakhate, Petriccione, Bakic, Bittante; Bangu, Gondo
Fiorentina Second Half: Rosati; Tomovic, Bagadur, Basanta; Venuti, Vecino, Capezzi, Alonso; Bernardeschi, Rebic; Gomez
Goals: Bakic 15, Gondo 16, pen 44, Camporese 21, 35, Bittante 32, Volani og 47, Rebic 53, 69, Gomez 88
THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. Paulo Sousa wants to use the youngsters - The new coach started with a young side in a sort-of 3-5-2 formation, then swapped in the more established first teamers such as Tomovic, Basanta, Alonso and Gomez after the break. And the youngsters impressed.
2. Sixteen year old Abdou Lahat Diakhaté is one to watch - The Senegalese midfielder won the penalty that was scored by Gondo and generally impressed in central midfield with some delightful touches and lots of energy. Michele Camporese and Ante Rebić were also standout young players, scoring two goals each.
3. Sousa's post match comments accidentally raised an eyebrow - after a convincing and not unexpected victory, Sousa seemed to stick to safe topics, affirming that Giuseppe Rossi would soon get some game time, and that Mario Gomez was an important part of the team.
But then, in a slightly worrying gesture, he called for the help of the Fiorentina fans as he emphasized his team's lesser financial clout in comparison to other teams; Sousa stated that with the solidarity of the fans, the team can find strength. The sentiment is admirable, but could the comments be an unconvincing cover for the lack of activity in the mercato so far?