A victory away from home, a clean sheet and provisional third place in Serie A. With three wins out of four in the league, Fiorentina fans should be full of confidence going into Wednesday's game with Bologna - right? Well, maybe. Whilst on paper, the viola are off to a flying start, there is still a lingering feeling of unease and the team were somewhat unconvincing - even in victory. It could be a case of Paulo Sousa still finding his feet with his new team and that the fans are being over-anxious, after all - a win is a win, even if the football wasn't pretty.
In the first half, Fiorentina dominated possession and Carpi were happy to play on the counter attack. The home side, in truth, had the most clear cut chances through veteran striker Marco Boriello and Fiorentina loanee Ryder Matos - who looked keen to create a slice of narrative by scoring against his parent club.
In the first real chance for Fiorentina, Khouma Babacar broke the deadlock, scoring his second goal in as many league matches. The Senegalese striker received the ball in the box from a Manuel Pasqual cross and; amongst a crowd of defenders, managed to turn, shoot with his left foot and then stab home the rebound with his right. Fiorentina went in at the break 1-0 to the good.
The second half saw a determined Carpi press for the equaliser but Fiorentina did just enough to keep them from scoring. Ciprian Tătăruşanu was in fine form, the best save of the bunch was from a point blank Ryder header that he kept out with his foot. Giuseppe Rossi played an hour once again and was replaced by Nikola Kalinić who held the ball up well after he was introduced. Joan Verdú made his debut for the club, when he replaced a hardworking Federico Bernardeschi late on.
How Fiorentina will fare under Paulo Sousa remains an enigma after a WLWLW record. Perhaps the best advice for now is thus: