Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella believes courage and personality will be two elements his team will require if they are to bring the Bianconeri’s imperious league record at Juventus Stadium to an end tomorrow afternoon.
The 39-year-old has been the only manager to outwit Antonio Conte in this season’s Serie A campaign and, despite seeing his team tail off the pace with just one point from their last three games, is hoping the motivational factor will push them on to complete a domestic double.
Speaking to the media in Florence, Montella began: “There’s particular motivation involved as far as these kinds of games are concerned, and I’m certain the players will want to get a result at a place where Juventus have an invincible league record this season.”
Tomorrow marks the first of three upcoming showdowns against the Viola, with Montella’s men due to return to Turin next Thursday for the Europa League last 16 first leg.
And whilst admitting his side would have rather avoided the league leaders at this stage of the draw, Montella believes the two-legged affair will represent a “stimulating” test of his players' ambitions.
He concluded: “We would have preferred to meet another team in Europe, but it will also be a stimulating game for the players. It’s important is for us to play with courage and personality. If we harbour ambitions of going better than fifth or fourth place, we must show it on the pitch, there’s no other way about it. We need to give our all in both games.”