Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fiorentina vs Inter Milan Preview

The Gigliati have turned around a slow start to the campaign and arrive at Wednesday's home match in blistering form.
The Tuscan side have notched up four consecutive Serie A wins to leave them one point adrift of Inter, who are joint league leaders with Udinese and Napoli.
"Inter are the strongest side in the championship and tomorrow will be an important match to understand how far this side can go," Prandelli told
"We are looking forward to this match. They are experienced but we have the desire to take risks and to discover what our capabilities are."
Prandelli has accepted the disciplinary commission's decision to uphold a two-match ban for Alberto Gilardino.
The ban was imposed after the commission reviewed video evidence of the striker's goal during last Sunday's 3-1 win at Palermo which he scored with his wrist.
"We accept the decision with the desire to prove that we are an important side even without Gilardino," said Prandelli.
The coach is expected to turn to Giampaolo Pazzini to replace Gilardino, who is the league's top scorer with seven goals.
In other changes, Felipe Melo will return to the midfield having sat out the Palermo clash, while Per Kroldrup will deputise for the injured Dario Dainelli in central defence.
Martin Jorgensen, Franco Semioli and Massimo Gobbi are also unavailable through injury.
Inter coach Jose Mourinho insists his side do not need to make up for last weekend's goalless draw at home to Genoa.
The disappointing performance from the Nerazzurri allowed Udinese and Napoli to join the Milan side at the top of the table on 17 points.
"We don't need to give a response to the Genoa result," Mourinho told
"We are moving forward in the League and the Champions League and we have only lost one game all season so I don't think we need to excuse ourselves," he said before focusing on Fiorentina.
"Fiorentina are an excellent team who are playing the good football they played last season, and they are particularly strong at home.
"They are playing in the Champions League and are among the top teams in the championship. They have a good coach, I like their team and I consider them in the race for the Scudetto."
Mourinho has left strikers Julio Cruz and Adriano out of his squad for the trip to Tuscany but refused to comment on rumours he had a run-in with the pair.
Brazilian winger Mancini is expected to return to the starting line up in place of compatriot Adriano.
Olivier Dacourt will take over from the injured Sulley Muntari in midfield, while Maxwell will come in at left-back as Cristian Chivu moves into midfield to replace Dejan Stankovic.
Patrick Vieira looks set to make the bench but Esteban Cambiasso, Luis Figo, Luis Jimenez and Nelson Rivas remain unavailable.

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