Fiorentina Women return to the field this morning at 8:30am EST against Bari at Stadio Antonucci. After a week off for International competitions, a week that did not treat the Viola team well, Antonio Cincotta and the Viola Women will be facing some tough choices. Several injuries, including one to team captain and leader Alia Guagni, will impact today’s tactics and starting lineup against Bari.
Speaking on Fiorentina’s official site, Violachannel.com, Antonio Cincotta gave this statement. “Bari is a deeply renewed and improved team, as demonstrated by the fact that it has achieved excellent results at home. This is a very important phase for us, we must remain focused on ourselves to make our internal mechanisms always better and successful. The clinical situation is very complex, with the absences of Breitner, Guagni, Mascarello and Vigilluci. We are very unlucky but I don’t want the KO’s to become an alibi for us. Against Milan we have shown that we have geometry and identity. The racism? Our locker room is an example of how this phenomenon is fought: we are an example of integration and interaction between different ethnic groups.”
Rumors also have Fiorentina defender Janni Arnth out after picking up a knock with Denmark.
While it does sound bad, Fiorentina isn't without star power against Bari. Two-thirds of the Fiorentina Triumvirate are still available in Alice Parisi and Ilaria Mauro. New signings Lisa De Vanna, Paloma Lazarro and Janelle Cordia have all been impressive and Tatiana Bonetti has been nothing short of stellar at moments this season.
On a more humanistic note, the Fiorentina Women have all been very vocal about casting out racism in Italian stadiums, and we applaud their stance. Alia Guagni and Antonio Cincotta made statements in recent press conferences, and Antonio doubled down again yesterday on Twitter with this thought “Two words about our locker room: an intercontinental group, with a fundamental value in football and in life. Differences must be celebrated: a source of enrichment, never of discrimination. This is an essential foundation for all girls.”
We also want to wish a belated Happy Birthday to Lisa De Vanna.
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How to watch
TV: No, sadly.