New U19 boss Bigica on return to Fiorentina and tough season ahead

San Piero a Sieve


New Primavera coach Emiliano Bigica is setting out to create a team with "a winning mentality" as he prepares for a challenging campaign with the Under-19s, starting on 9 September.

The 43-year-old former midfielder, who won the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup at Fiorentina in 1996, was speaking to Violachannel on the first day of pre-season training in San Piero a Sieve.

The Viola Primavera came within a whisker of the Scudetto under Federico Guidi last year but the regular season will be tougher than ever this term, with the old three-group format having been replaced by a single division bringing together Italy's best 16 teams.

One advantage of the change though, according to Bigica, is that it will help youngsters be better prepared for the professional game.


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