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Fiorentina took a major step towards reaching the Champions League via the Europa League competition after managing to defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on two legs in the knockout stages.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Fiorentina were feeling confident that they can complete the job in front of their own supporters. Mario Gomez, who has been suffering from numerous injuries of late, turned out to be the hero of the second leg. He scored the club’s first goal in the 54th minute, while Chelsea’s on loan winger Mohamed Salah confirmed the victory with a 74th minute goal.
The arrival of Salah has been a major reason behind the recent spring in the step for Fiorentina. They have been able to close the gap to third placed Napoli. Another victory this weekend when they take on Inter Milan will eliminate one of their rivals for the Champions League spots. Gomez is almost certain to lead the line up and he is certainly benefiting from the presence of Salah. The Egyptian winger has been a breath of fresh air and he has already scored three goals in four league matches. Gomez says that the victory over Tottenham is a major statement of intent and he believes that the club can reach the final and possibly win it. Read the rest of this entry »
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Mario Gomez was once the most feared striker in Germany after completing a £ 25 million move from Stuttgart to Bayern Munich. In recent years, however, he has fallen down the ladder and he is now playing for Italian outfit Fiorentina.
Fiorentina appeared to have secured a great striker in the form of Gomez when they signed him in 2013. However, several injury problems and a loss of form has seen him score only one goal in the last 13 matches. He failed to improve on this statistic after failing to convert from the penalty spot against Parma.
Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella was a disappointed man after seeing his team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Parma. This has hurt his team’s chances of closing the gap on the teams chasing for the top three positions like Napoli and Lazio. Read the rest of this entry »
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Forward player for Fiorentina Mario Gomez is expected to make a return to full training very soon, most probably this very week.
It will be his come back to the training after almost a month long injury that had laid him off. It was on 23 September during the closing stages of his side’s 1-0 win against Atlanta that the German international had injured his right thigh and has been on the sidelines since then. He had been expected to be at full fitness and form after just three weeks time.
As being reported that though he was not being able to play matches now, he shall soon be back in the team and make his appearance again. During Viola’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan, it has been reported by Radio Blu that Gomez was able to practice at the San Siro with his team mates. Though he is now available and is practicing now for the visit of Udinese, he shall most likely only be available from the match against Sampdoria that is due on Sunday. The news of Mario coming back in the squad for Sunday’s trip will be very welcoming for Viola coach, Vincenzo Montella. It is because Mario’s fellow striker Giuseppe Rossi has also been sidelined, after his surgery on another knee injury.
Mario is 29 years old and has joined Viola from Bayern Munich in 2013. He has since then suffered from a lot of injuries and has been severely hampered by it. However, he has only managed to get 12 Serie A appearances between last season and this. He has only made 19 appearances in all competitions. He has also had a very poor return in all the games that he has played so far, of just four goals in all.
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The manager of ACF Fiorentina, Vincenzo Montella, reckons that the Europa League win versus PAOK last night would prove to be a tonic for his boys who were a little down after being defeated on their home turf by Lazio.
Fiorentina has to travel to San Siro this weekend to take on AC Milan and they would now go there feeling good about themselves after putting up a clinical show in Greece. Read the rest of this entry »
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