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Fiorentina vs Braga: Lineups and how to watch

“A heavily-rotated Viola XI is probably not a big deal,” says someone who doesn’t remember Borussia Monchengladbach in 2017.

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Late news

Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Italiano makes a raft of changes, likely hoping to rest some key players ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Hellas Verona. January signing Salvatore Sirigu makes his debut between the sticks and pretty much every conceivable outfield player is rotated as well, aside from Cristiano Biraghi, Dodô, and Nicolás González. It’s also just a second-ever start for young Alessandro Bianco and a good chance for him to stake a claim going forward.

Braga boss Jorge Artur has also rotated his side heavily, with just 2 players featuring who we saw last week. Feels like that’s probably on purpose as he tries to send the squad a message, although Braga’s got enough depth that a rotated side isn’t necessarily a bad one.

It looks like a party atmosphere in the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but don’t expect club owner Rocco Commisso to feel too much like celebrating, at least initially: recent reports claim that the fabled Viola Park, currently under construction, is at risk of opening too late for next summer’s preseason camp, and Rocco’s apparently just as frustrated as you’d expect. Don’t be surprised if we get a bombastic presser in the near future.


Fiorentina (4-2-3-1): Sirigu; Dodô, Martínez Quarta, Ranieri, Biraghi; Bianco, Mandragora; González, Bonaventura, Saponara; Cabral

Braga (4-4-2): Sá; Mendes, Oliveira, Niakaté, Borja; Pizzi, Horta, Castro, Gomes; Banza, Djaló

How to watch

TV: Nah. Check the full international television listings, but nah.

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Forza Viola!