Falcinelli: "Fiorentina move is a massive opportunity"

Falcinelli: "Fiorentina move is a massive opportunity"

01/02/2018 16:30

As soon as he heard of Fiorentina’s interest, Diego Falcinelli was never in any doubt: Florence would be his new home. Speaking at his first news conference as a Viola player on Thursday, the Italian striker said he was looking forward to seizing his opportunity at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

"You don’t say no to Fiorentina," he said. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, a massive chance. I wanted to test myself at a top club in the summer – the moment has arrived a few months late but now I have what I want. I’ll try to take my chance. I might mess up a control or a chance, but I’ll always work hard for the team – there’s no doubt about that."

The move means Falcinelli will link back up with Stefano Pioli, one of his former managers at Sassuolo.

"I worked with Pioli many years ago – he gave me my Serie B debut," he said. "I’m really happy to be working with him again because he made a massive impression on me both professionally and personally. I’ll learn from him. I spoke to him yesterday and we’re both very happy. He told me that we need to build some enthusiasm because that’s kind of been lost a bit."

Falcinelli will be looking to rediscover his scoring form after a frustrating start to the season at Mapei Stadium.

"I’ve definitely found it tough going at Sassuolo over the past six months," he said. "We thought we could have a different kind of season but it wasn’t to be. I hope to rediscover the kind of form I was in last year. I’m convinced I can take this chance. I’ll do everything I can to perform well – I’m really proud to be here at such a massive club."

The striker also revealed he feels more comfortable playing with a strike partner, raising hopes of a fruitful partnership with Giovanni Simeone.

"I’ve always played my best football in an attacking two," said Falcinelli. "That’s how it was last year. I’ve found it harder this year playing as a lone striker in a team more set up to defend. My preferred position is playing alongside another striker. I like movement – I don’t like to hang about in the area waiting for the ball."

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