Montella expects hard-fought encounter in Catania

Viola coach Vincenzo Montella met with reporters today on the eve of Fiorentina’s league match against Catania.

What’s your assessment of Fiorentina’s transfer business?
“That’s not the most important thing at the moment. The club have acted very swiftly: the management team have done a great job. Anderson has to go back to England to sort out a visa issue but he trained with us for the first time today.”

What about Matri?
“He’s used to playing in Serie A and has a great work ethic. There’s a good chance he could feature tomorrow.”

What do you expect from Catania?
“It will be a special game and a difficult one. They have lots of qualities. They made it very tough for us in our first meeting this season. I expect it to be a very hard-fought match.”

Do you expect any more signings?

“The owners have proved they want to improve the team. If anyone else arrives, I’ll be happy. We might be able to do something else.”

“He’s a bright lad with a fantastic attitude. He’s already slotted in here.”

Will it be emotional for you returning to Catania?
“I always enjoy going back. I was there last summer too. I hope they can stay up.”

Where will Anderson play?
“He started out as an attacking midfielder but he can play in central midfield too. He’s a versatile player.”

Is the team you have now as good as the one with Gomez and Rossi?
“What’s done is done. You get injuries in football. We can’t hide behind excuses like that.”

Giuseppe Rossi?
“Things are going well.”

Why do you think Catania have the worst attack and best defence?

“They’ve been blighted by injuries. But they’ll be at full strength tomorrow.”