Pioli urges Fiorentina to stay true to style against Napoli

Pioli urges Fiorentina to stay true to style against Napoli

08/02/2019 15:32

Stefano Pioli has called for his Fiorentina side to focus on playing their usual style of football ahead of Saturday’s match against Napoli at the Franchi.

“We need to show our attributes and qualities and play like the real Fiorentina,” he said. “We know we need to play to a very high level, because we’re up against a side with great technical ability and a lot of quality going forward. That said, we have our own qualities, our own way of playing and our own way of approaching matches, so we need to trust in our ability.”

Pioli revealed that the squad haven’t been looking back at this fixture last season, when the Viola ran out 3-0 winners, because of the changes that Napoli have undergone since then.

“We’ve not rewatched the game because it happened four or five months ago,” he said. “They have a new coach now and he’s brought new ideas. This is a very unpredictable Napoli side – we don’t know how they’re going to build the play. Ancelotti mixes things up a lot. It’s great that Ancelotti is back in Serie A because he’s a special coach and a special person. We’re expecting to face a very different Napoli side to the one we played last season – that was a unique game in which everything came off for us and nothing went right for them.”

Pioli admitted that Fiorentina will need to pick up points in games like Saturday’s if they are to recoup some of the points they dropped earlier in the season.

“We need to get close to 60 points if we want to improve on our performance last season,” he said. “There are still 29 to play for but every week there are fewer games left so every match is a chance for us. Sooner or later, we need to beat a top side at the Franchi if we want to have that ambition. We know it’s going to be difficult tomorrow but we have a good chance.”

Finally, Pioli paid tribute to Emiliano Sala after confirmation of the player’s death.

“Sadly we know what these tragedies are like and how hard it is to deal with these situations,” he said. “Jordan Veretout played with him so it was something that really shook him and all of us. Our condolences go to his family. I hope they get the support they need right now.”

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