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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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Spain continued their rebuilding process in a poor fashion after losing 1-0 to France in a friendly match. Despite this disappointing result, manager Vicente del Bosque stated that he could take a lot of positives. The former Real Madrid coach was expected to depart his role as the Spain was after a disastrous World Cup 2014 in which they were knocked out in the group stages straight coming in to defend the title. Del Bosque, however, was persuaded to stay on by the Spanish football Federation and the players. Some players were given their debuts in the friendly, but the result continued to be disappointing.
Manchester United keeper David de Gea, has been in outstanding form over the last 12 months, started only his second match at international level, as Del Bosque looks for alternatives to the out of form Iker Casillas. The Real Madrid captain also does not have a long time left at the top and his performances in the World Cup also came under a lot of criticism. The Chelsea striker Loic Remy scored the only goal of one game in the 73rd minute. Spain did not create much opportunities during the 90 minutes and had only two shots on target. Diego Costa, who has been impressive for Chelsea, was once again disappointing.
“There was a good attitude from everyone. We moved the ball well and there were plenty of positives to take with lots of new faces. It was an even game. They had quicker transitions, but we controlled the game more. We need more matches but we will improve and in general I think we showed we are a good team. We didn`t take what chances we had but the connection with Diego Costa was better. We need to link up well with him,” said Del Bosque.
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Mario Gomez went through a disastrous debut season after signing for the Italian side Fiorentina as Gomez sustained a series of injuries which left him out of action and unable to play for the majority of the past campaign. A knee ligament injury forced the German forward to remain on the sidelines of the team for more than 3 months and when he managed to complete his recovery, Gomez only performed for 5 matches before picking up another injury.
The head coach of Fiorentina, Vincenzo Montella managed to guide the Italian club to the 4th spot of the Italian league, Serie A even with the absence of Mario Gomez who was supposed to be one of the main attacking figures of the team which is why Fiorentina was willing to offload €20 million in order to bring him from Germany to Italy.
Fiorentina will be competing in the Europa League during the next season but Mario Gomez wants to aim even higher and hopefully get into the Champions League. He is however well aware that this will only happen if all of his teammates are in great shape.
Gomez is optimistic about the approaching campaign as he went on saying that he has had enough time to fully recover and enjoy going through a proper season with Fiorentina and all of his comrades.
“I am happy with how pre-season training is going. I’ve had a long time to recover my form, doing many sports. I feel good and the injury is behind me now. I’m doing everything to be in top condition for the start of the season. Last year I gave my all, even if I didn’t play very much. This term I want to play regularly and give back to Fiorentina. This club signed me and renewed the contracts of Borja Valero and Gonzalo Rodriguez because it wants to grow. Hopefully we won’t have so many injury problems this year.” Former Bayern Munich player Mario Gomez said.
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Mario Gomez was left out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup after missing out the majority of the previous season with Fiorentina due to a knee injury he sustained and the manager of Germany, Joachim Low decided to not include him in his squad.
The Fiorentina player has revealed his intention of giving it his all in the upcoming season with the Italian club in the upcoming campaign which kicks-off in August: “Am I in shape? I am always in shape when I’m on holiday! Now I want to have a great season. Now we need to work and we will in order to do the best we can for this shirt. You can’t predict certain things. Now, my target is to get into top form for the start of next season in order to help my club reach our targets. In effect, I am a new signing for Fiorentina.”
After missing out from the majority of the previous season, Gomez wants to change things around and get back to his top form. Mario Gomez went on saying that since he has recovered from his knee injury, he will be like a new signing for the Italian club.
Gomez spent 3 seasons playing for Bayern Munich where managed on scoring over 70 goals during his time at the Allian Arena but after falling behind in the pecking order of the German team, he decided to make a move somewhere where his chances on appearing for the main team would be more guaranteed but it has not gone so well for him as he was plagued with a knee injury that kept him out of the playing grounds for the majority of the season.
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