After back to back defeats in Serie A, Fiorentina will look to return to winning ways when they take on Torino at home on Sunday. Following last week's abject performance, which ended in a 2-0 defeat to Milan at San Siro, Paulo Sousa had some positive news this week with the signing of three new players: Tino Costa, Cristian Tello and Mauro Zarate. "We won't change our tactics or system with the new players," the coach assured, even with new aquisition Costa belived to be going straight into the starting lineup. "I believe in consistency even during difficult times. Our principles must remain the same, even with some variations that will come in time." After much posession based play with little cutting edge in recent matches, the Viola must find a way to recapture their earlier form in order to remain in contention for a Champion's League place.
Giampiero Ventura's Torino, buoyed by the re-signing of Ciro Immobile, have bounced back from a spell of three straight defeats with a 4-2 victory over Frosinone and an impressive 1-1 draw with Sassuolo in midweek. Striker Andrea Belotti is on form with three goals in two games, but the coach believes that it is Immobile who has made a difference to the team since his arrival. "Ciro's return has brought the smile back to the locker room and the stands. He also brought substance and his work rate. We've got the opportunity to pick up where we left off." Davide Zappacosta will come in for the pacy Bruno Peres, who has been linked with Bayern Munich and PSG during the January window. There is no doubt that the 11th placed Granata will provide a stern test for Paulo Sousa's men.
The Viola were undone in Turin in the reverse fixture, after a quick fire three goals in ten minutes cancelled out Marcos Alonso's tenth minute strike. Milan Badelj is missing through injury, and Matias Vecino through suspension, but the coach will be relieved that captain Gonzalo Rodriguez will return to the heart of the defence after his one match ban. Mario Suarez, who started against Milan, will miss the game as he reportedly has been given time off to consider transfer offers.
Fiorentina: [3-4-2-1] Tatarusanu; Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Astori; Bernardeschi, Borja Valero, Tino Costa, Pasqual; Ilicic, Mati Fernandez; Kalinic
Torino: [3-5-2] Ichazo; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Zappacosta, Benassi, Gazzi, Baselli, Molinaro; Belotti, Immobile
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