Iachini looks ahead to Atalanta cup clash

Iachini looks ahead to Atalanta cup clash

14/01/2020 16:13

Giuseppe Iachini has called for his Fiorentina side to build on their win over SPAL on Sunday as they welcome Atalanta to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in the Round of 16 of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.

“It was certainly good to get three points after such a long time,” said Iachini, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. “It gives us a bit of respite in terms of our league position and gives us the opportunity to work on our weaknesses and build on the positives we’ve seen: compactness, heart, spirit…”

Iachini acknowledged that Fiorentina are in for a tough test against Atalanta, who are enjoying another impressive season under Gian Piero Gasperini.

“Atalanta’s record speaks for itself,” he said. “They’ve been working together for three or four years – that counts for something. We’ve been training together for two weeks. We can use Atalanta as an example of how to reduce the gap between the top sides and the sides just below them in the modern game – through football with a lot of intensity, pace, running and physicality, combined with the necessary organisation and mentality.”

The Viola boss was also asked whether Patrick Cutrone will be fit enough for his first Fiorentina start.

“I’ll get a clearer idea of that today,” said Iachini. “This will be his third training session with us. If we see what we need to see, he could start the game. Let’s see how he gets on today.”

Iachini also had a message for the fans, who were in good voice during Sunday’s win over SPAL.

“I want to thank the fans because they stuck behind the team when things got tough on Sunday,” he said. “I’m sure that they’ll continue to do that, as they’ve always done. It will take a bit of a patience while the team works on coming out of the situation they’ve found themselves in.”

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