Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella and former Juve striker Alessandro Matri have confirmed that the Viola are very much in it to win it against the Bianconeri tomorrow night in the Europa League last 16 first leg.
The team’s coach since June 2012 was unable to lead his men to victory in the Serie A meeting between the two sides on Sunday, but says he will use the the Viola’s second-half resurgence at Juventus Stadium as inspiration for an improved showing this time around.
Speaking to the media at the home of the Bianconeri, the 39-year-old began: “We know that this tie will last 180 minutes or more, and our intention as always is to score at least a goal and try to win it.
“I don’t know how many other teams have played as well here as we did in the second half, so we can take confidence from that.”
The Viola boss concluded with a call to action to his players as they look to overcome the reigning champions of Italy on their home turf.
“We have respect for Juve and are aware of their strength, but we need to have the courage to face up to a team of their calibre.”
Sitting alongside the runner-up to Antonio Conte in the recent Serie A manager of the year awards was a man who the Juve boss is very familiar with: Alessandro Matri.
The striker left the Bianconeri in a summer transfer, and began by discussing his reactions on returning to the stadium that was his home ground between 2011 and 2013: “It’s inevitable for there to be a particular feeling associated with coming back here, but I hope it’s the right kind of emotion that enables me to do well.
“Of course I hope to find the target tomorrow night, I’ve been struggling for goals recently, even though I've had chances to score. I probably need to work harder in putting them away.”
After remaining on the bench for the duration of Sunday’s encounter, the 29-year-old concluded with a word on the recent development of the side he is set to face in the Viola colours for the first time tomorrow evening.
“There’s no point in hiding it, the strength of Juventus is evident, and they’ve bolstered the side even further. New important players have come in and they’re doing great things.”