Looking at the home/road splits for Fiorentina this year is rather startling. At the Artemio Franchi, the team has won all four of its matches, scoring 12 goals and conceding just one (and to Nenad Tomović, of all people). Away from those friendly confines, though, it’s a somewhat less rosy picture: just 1 point from 4 games, with 2 goals scored and 5 conceded. That’s obviously not good enough for a team with European aspirations.
There are plenty of reasonable explanations for this phenomenon. It’s not that surprising that the youngest team in the league (and in the 5 major European top divisions) would struggle on the road. Too, the quality of opponent factors in here: trips to Napoli, Sampdoria, Inter Milan, and Lazio are hard, and it’s hardly astonishing that the club would drop points. Then again, 8 matches is hardly a good enough sample size, and this could just be random variation.
But this is Viola Nation, dammit, and we always want to get to the bottom of a mystery. Any fool can see that those three possible reasons for the road struggles are too simple, too easy, and frankly too boring to satisfy our journalistic instincts. So let’s get to the bottom of this.
Why are Fiorentina so bad on the road?
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Fede needs his little brother around, and Lorenzo’s too young to travel with the team.
Nobody makes the salciccia-and-onion sandwich that one nice old lady just outside the stadium.
Wait, is this the legendary Curse of Octavio?
The Pioli can add an extra Piolus to their number at home, but other stadia lack the necessary cloning facilities.