As Fiorentina prepare to lock horns with Genoa in Sunday's late match, Vincenzo Montella met with the media this afternoon to discuss the Viola's next challenge.
The coach began by analysing what lies ahead for his charges: "We're heading into a series of big games now, including some all-or-nothing cup games. Genoa work very well as a unit, they link up extremely well down both flanks and we're not at our best at the moment. We might find it difficult to produce football that's easy on the eye tomorrow so I'd ask the crowd to understand if we run into a tough moment and get fully behind us throughout the 90 minutes."
What aspects of tomorrow's game do you expect to be particularly difficult?
"This might sound obvious but Gilardino is the Genoa player who causes me most concern."
What about Borja Valero's absence?
"We'll miss him a lot because of what he offers us, but we have some excellent alternatives."
Will Matri be ok to play?
"For the moment all I can tell you is that he seems highly motivated but I've only had him for one training session so I can't tell you much."
Fiorentina's mounting injury list?
"They're all injuries that have been picked up in match situations and that's to be expected considering we're playing more games than before."
The team has had lots of different goalscorers this season.
"We try to make sure all the players feel they're an important part of the squad we have here and that they all get their chance to show what they can do."