Montella: “We’ll use USA tour matches as part of our preparation”

Montella: “We’ll use USA tour matches as part of our preparation”

12/07/2019 16:46

Vincenzo Montella appeared at a press conference in Moena on Friday as Fiorentina prepare to head off on their pre-season tour of the USA.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm and desire in the air,” said the Viola boss. “The fans are giving us a lot of support and encouragement. They’re showing a lot of faith and enthusiasm so now it’s up to us to respond to that – we have time, though. We’re working hard and all of the lads are getting stuck in, including those that look to be on their way. Everything has worked well this week. There haven’t been any negatives.”

Montella dismissed suggestions the trip to the States could negatively impact Fiorentina’s preparations.

“I remember in my third year here, we went on tour to South America in the summer and ended up finishing fourth in Serie A and got to the semi-finals of the Europa League, despite a tough start,” he said. “As coaches we’re used to these tours, so there’s no issue. We’ll use the matches as training.”

The Viola boss admitted his interest in bolstering his attacking options, with Giovanni Simeone and Dusan Vlahovic his current options up front.

“Simeone and Vlahovic are different players and both have a place in a developing team like ours,” he said. “However, we also need another player in front of them. We can’t have three similar players in the squad, so that’s what we need to look at. If another striker comes in, I’ll have to decide who goes out to get playing time elsewhere.  I don’t think Vlahovic can be a third-choice striker. He could go out on loan to get regular playing time, so that he comes back the finished article – or nearly. He can’t stay here and be third choice, so we’ll see how the transfer market plays out.”

Montella also confirmed that Bartlomiej Dragowski will be staying at the club.

“Dragowski wants to stay,” he said. “It’s up to the club to agree the economic side of a new contract, but he has three years left on his current deal. He’s told me personally that he wants to stay, so there’s no problem there.”

The Fiorentina coach went on to address rumours linking German Pezzella with a move away from Florence.

“We’ll see about Pezzella,” he said. “We’ll speak to him when we get back from America. Right now we don’t want him to leave and he doesn’t want to go. It’s not a possibility.”

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