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BatiGol Weekly 59: Let go

The window has shut, and we can finally focus on how the Viola do on the pitch, rather than in the rumor pages.

ACF Fiorentina v AC ChievoVerona - Serie A
So let go and jump in. Well, what you waiting for?
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Okay, everyone. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now release it. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now release it. Center yourself. Find your center, where your happiness is. Everything is fine. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now release it.

This has been the Fiorentina mantra throughout this crazy transfer window. From the firing of Manuel Pasqual to Cristian Tello’s endless loan holdup to the drawn-out Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi and Khouma Babacar exit sagas to Milan Badelj and his agent’s ventriloquist act to the non-stop speculation surrounding Borja Valero and Matias Vecino to whatever the heck happened with Marcos Alonso, it’s been a weird and frustrating, but ultimately fruitful, mercato. And it’s over. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now release it.

So now that our collective blood pressure has descended to healthier levels, let’s turn our focus to the team itself, rather than the players who probably aren’t joining it. Let’s stop worrying about whether Corvino’s bringing in another goalkeeper or if he’s really going to sell all the strikers or if fullbacks just aren’t a thing that’s happening any more or what to do with Josip Ilicic. Instead, let’s focus on the injuries to key squad members and lackluster performances against rivals and why the %&$# Federico Bernardeschi keeps getting stuck at wingback.

Feel better now? Haha, nope, because this is Fiorentina and as soon as one thing falls into a place, another rises up in its stead. Get ready for another season of desperately trying to control your emotions. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Let it out.

Latest news

Missing that panicked, end-of-mercato feeling? Don’t worry, we’ve got the good stuff for you right here with out last day of the window open thread.

As you may have heard, Chelsea signed Marcos Alonso for the GDP of a Pacific island nation. We’re still trying to make sense of it.

Maxi Olivera is Alonso’s new replacement. We thought he was maybe a deadline-day option, and he signed a few hours later, leading to a Corvino Ninjometer reading of 9.83.

Mati Fernandez pulled a Berbatov, ditching Cagliari in the Milan hotel where he was signing with them and instead joining Vincenzo Montella at AC Milan. Yeah, we were just as confused.

To sum up, here’s your final list of the business Fiorentina did this window. It’s a long list.

Here’s a list and preview of all the Viola youngsters out on loan, the better to increase your hipster cred with.

The carnage that Chievo Verona left is nearly healed, except for one guy you might hope would be healthy again.

And finally, our beloved leader Chloe is moving on. Leave a comment and wish her the best, because she is awesome and cool and knows more about Italian soccer than just about anyone.

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Comment of the week

Goodbye, Chloe.