Iachini: "We need to be at our best against well-drilled Bologna"

Iachini: "We need to be at our best against well-drilled Bologna"

28/07/2020 15:27

Beppe Iachini has called for Fiorentina to maintain their focus as they prepare to welcome Bologna to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in the penultimate game of the 2019/20 Serie A season.

“Bologna are a very dangerous side with lots of quality,” said Iachini, speaking on Tuesday. “They’re well-organised and have been working under the same coach, Sinisa [Mihajlovic], for two years. They’re well-prepared and know each other really well. We’ll certainly need to produce a high-level performance across the board. It’s important that we recover our energy and focus because it’ll be a demanding game so we need to perform well.”

Iachini acknowledged that he will need to assess the fitness of his squad before making any decisions on the starting eleven to face Bologna on Wednesday.

“We’ll see in the sessions today and tomorrow morning,” he said. “Obviously recovery is key to the eleven we can put out. We’ll take everything into account and then I’ll make the decision on who can start. That said, as we’ve seen in recent weeks, starting from the bench doesn’t make you less important. There are games within games so we need the whole group to deliver a top performance and do their bit in the run-in.”

Iachini hinted there might be an opportunity for some of the players that have played less this season to get some game time in the final two matches– but stressed that the priority is finishing strongly.

“We want to finish well and continue to perform well,” said the boss. “There are players that have been working with us so I’ll consider that, but the main thing is the desire to finish strongly. We’ve worked well together and could have had some more points, based on how we’ve performed on the pitch, in terms of the chances we’ve created and our stats – we’re still the best defence in the league [since the resumption].”

Last but not least, Iachini had warm words for the man who will be in the opposite dug-out on Wednesday evening, Sinisa Mihajlovic.

“I’m pleased that he is doing better after everything he’s gone through,” said Iachini. “I hope that it’s behind him and that he has better times to look forward to in terms of his health, which is the most important thing. I have a great relationship with him and I wish him all the best personally and professionally.”

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