Only 24 hours after playing a high intensity friendly against local club Lucchese, Fiorentina take the field again today against lower-league Greek side Iraklis. The team is totally rotated from yesterday's side.
But despite the low-profile nature of this friendly, it does offer a first glimpse of the new Viola number 9, Nikola Kalinic after his move from Dnipro was confirmed yesterday. He starts with support from fellow new signing Gilberto, as Paulo Sousa again opts for the 4-2-3-1.
This lineup doesn't give us many clues as to who will start the season opener against Milan in 8 days, given that no one who played yesterday in Lucca is even on the bench (except for Davide Astori). Of note is the absence of Jose Maria Basanta, while Federico Bernardeschi returns to the squad after playing with the Italy U-21.
FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): Sepe; Tomovic, Hegazi, Bagadur, Pasqual; Suarez, Vecino; Giberto, Mati Fernandez, Ilicic; Kalinic
Bench: Lezzerini, Bernardeschi, Astori, Iakovenko, Bangu, Diakhate
Iraklis (???): Pernis, Boukuvalas, Stamou, Bartolini, Carlitos, Intzoglu, Lazar, Romano, Kiriakidis, Tsilanidis, Perrone
How to Watch
This one is streaming again on the official Fiorentina website! Hooray!
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