Coming off what could only be described as an epic comeback for the ages, the Fiorentina Women are in the middle of a very important week. Fiorentina now sit 4th in the table, 3 points behind the co-leaders Milan and Juventus. Sandwiched between games with Sassuolo and Juventus, the Viola ladies today presented the new jerseys of Fiorentina at La Rinascente.
On Saturday the women played in a very back and forth game against Sassuolo at stadium Enzo Ricci. It wasn’t their best game, but the women were still able to see through a positive result. The first half saw a lot of action but no goals. At one point, Lisa De Vanna put on a dribbling display that left me in awe. The Fiorentina women controlled the ball and tempo but could not find the net, which included shots by De Vanna and Parisi.
Sassuolo broke the goalless game in the 79th minute as Michela Cambiaghi headed home a cross that came on a pretty well-run counter attack. Fiorentina then picked up the intensity and showed their merit. From that moment on it was all Viola. The girls sent everyone forward. Fiorentina had a shot on goal blocked a minute before Tatiana Bonetti equalized on an amazing rocket free kick. Then 2 minutes into stoppage time, Janni Arnth launched from near midfield a ball toward goal that went untouched and netted the winner. Mass hysteria and celebrations ensued.
Tatiana Bonetti took to Facebook afterwards and said, “From suffering to the joy of the comeback, what a game… at the moment my heart bursts, luckily it bursts of happiness!”
Alia Guagni wrote “The weekends with a victory of character! We have shown we believe it until the end and we know how to win even when the performance is not the best. Now we recharge the batteries with a day off and then… head to the Supercoppa.”
And that is just where we are today, midweek, a couple days before the Fiorentina women make their way to Cesena to play Juventus again for the Supercoppa trophy on Sunday. It is the women’s team who have the opportunity to bring Rocco Commisso his first silverware since purchasing the club four months ago. That said, it will not be an easy task against a team that sits first in the table.
Today during the presentation of the new jerseys at La Rinascente Antonio Cincotta had this to say, “We are a Fiorentina that has changed a lot, including 14-15 new faces in the last two years. We are a motivated team, we showed Saturday against Sassuolo what we are capable of doing: to recover in 18, in a field where last year Milan drew and Juventus lost after beating us at the Stadium. Our girls, on the other hand, have raised their heads, clinging to the individual abilities that distinguish them and have shown everyone that Florence is capable of doing these things.”
Cincotta continued, “Against Juventus we will play with this spirit. We do not feel phenomena, we are humble, but we know perfectly the value we have also thanks to the new company and the new management that has entered.”
This is a very important match that comes just a few hours before the men’s Lazio game Sunday night. The full Fiorentina family is in Firenze for this weekend with Rocco arriving Friday. There is no doubt that this game is important to everyone within Fiorentina and Firenze.
Joe Barone answered this morning on this topic. “For us it would be great to win this trophy because it would be the first of our management, then against Juventus it would have a completely different flavor. We don’t want to put pressure on the girls. We have an important weekend ahead of us with the Spring Super Cup. I am confident that we will be able to bring something home.”
How to watch:
In Italy, the game will be live on Sky Sports Italia.
Sunday, October 27th at 12:30pmCST/6:30amEST
Stadio Dino Manuzzi/Orogel Stadium in Cesena
Forza Regazze! Forza Viola!