Montella: “Chievo not to be underestimated. Rossi back stronger than ever”

Viola coach Vincenzo Montella met with the media ahead of tomorrow’s Coppa Italia tie with Chievo.

Does Rossi’s injury worry you?
“I’m still sad for Giuseppe but we need to see the glass as half full now. After the game we thought it could be more serious. It looked like a tragedy on Sunday. He seemed much better yesterday psychologically speaking. Giuseppe will come back stronger than ever.”

How do you plan to replace Rossi now?
“We’ve got some very promising youngsters in Matos and Rebic. We have to see what we can do and what we want to do, but our ideas are clear. We need a player who can play alongside Gomez and in a wider role.”

Will you give up chasing a competition like the Coppa Italia?
“Absolutely not. We have to approach this game as best we can. We can’t afford to underestimate Chievo.”

What about bringing Di Natale here?
“We’ve spoken lots of times in the past but that’s not a path we can go down.”

Rinaudo’s foul?
“It wasn’t a nasty foul but it was intentional.”

How’s Gomez doing?
“Mario has always worked his socks off to come back as quickly as possible. He really feels a part of this team.”

Will Matos and Rebic start tomorrow?
“That’s one option.”

Papu Gomez?
“He’s an interesting player. We need to work out what we can do in the transfer window.”

Has Rossi’s injury changed your priorities?
“I think we can look at the global picture.”

Will Rossi miss out on the World Cup?
“It’s too early to talk about that.”

Will Wolski see some playing time tomorrow?