Montella: “A crucial stage of the season”

Vincenzo Montella held his usual pre-match press conference today, ahead of tomorrow’s match against Atalanta.

Have Fiorentina suffered a dip in form in February?
“There are certain areas of the pitch where we’ve been reduced to the bare bones and I kind of expected that. But it’s in times like this that great teams have to come to the fore.”

Is Cuadrado off colour?
“He’s a hard-working lad but he’s had a few minor physical problems. It’s not easy to play at the same level constantly.”

“A match laden with traps. Very tricky. This is a crucial stage of the season for us.”

“He’s slowly starting to train with the rest of the team again, avoiding contact for now. He’s not ready yet.”

The Primavera team’s semi-final exploit?
“Winning is always good. I can see an improvement in the lads when they join up with the first team.”