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Ciprian Tatarusanu Has Been One of the Bright Spots in Florence This Year

Tatarusanu has done an excellent job as the last line of defense.

ACF Fiorentina v SSC Napoli - Serie A
The last defense for Fiorentina this season.
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

This season has not been that easy to watch in Florence. The team at times seems to be playing uninspired and has really fallen out of contention in Serie A. You can make a large list of all the things that are going wrong for Fiorentina, but something not on that list is the play of goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu. A lot of times goalkeepers are taken for granted, when they play well they are doing their job and when they play poorly they are terrible. Over Tatarusanu’s last 5 starts in goal, 1 time being with Romania, he has had 5 clean sheets. That is a really nice run for the Romanian net minder.

Looking back to 2015 when Neto decided he would rather be a backup in Torino with Juventus than start for Fiorentina, it opened up an opportunity for someone to grab a hold of the starting goalkeeper position. The only real option on the roster was Ciprian Tatarusanu. He was a starter for Steaua București early in his career and was given the opportunity in Florence. Besides looking like he had two left feet Tatarusanu has really come into his own as the goalkeeper at Fiorentina.

Management in Florence might have thought differently in January when they acquired Marco Sportiello on loan from Atalanta. Luckily for Tatarusanu, he has not give Sousa a real opportunity to go with Sportiello. Who knows what the plan is going forward in goal for Fiorentina. They have a young Polish keeper that could be the next start goalie in Florence, in Bartlomiej Dragowski. They also still have a young Luca Lezzerini as an up and coming goalkeeper. For now Tatarusanu is the guy and he has proven these last few games to be in excellent form with 5 straight clean sheets.

Here is a reminder of how great some of his saves were this past season.