Coppa Italia final, Italian: "I want a Fiorentina with Basel's eyes"

Coppa Italia final, Italian: "I want a Fiorentina with Basel's eyes"

ROME - They had been there for nine years Florentine did not reach the final of Italian Cup. It's been 22 years since she raised her to the sky. The last time was in 2001, in the double confrontation with Parma before the club of then owner Vittorio Cecchi Gori declared bankruptcy. The C2, the disputes, the transfer of ownership to the Della Valle brothers, the final won in 2014 with Montella on the bench, the killing of the Neapolitan fan Ciro Esposito in the clashes before that match, the defeat on the field, dreams that become nightmares , another property leaving and Rocco Commisso arriving. In four years the purple president, who returned to Italy from the States, brought back the Florentine at the levels where it should be. At the top. Or at least trying to stay there. It was one of his promises and it was kept.

First from Mattarella

Against Inter, on the favorite card, Fiorentina will play giving their soul. The technician Vincenzo Italian he arrives at this last act with pride and a great desire to remain in the history of this club. And of this supporters: 30,000 fans who will be present at the Olimpico. And then there will also be another final, that of the Conference League scheduled for June 7th in Prague, all to be played. Commisso, the management, Italiano and his players were first received by the President of the Republic, Mattarella. Then the press conferences, with the Cup standing out on the table. It can be admired in all its splendour.

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English: "We approach this challenge with great serenity"

"Let's not forget that we also have another final, and that this is a fantastic path - says Italiano - we face the finalist of the Champions League, it's a very tough obstacle but we get there with great pride and serenity, playing everything and trying to embarrass one a very strong team like Inter. I want to see the same eyes as my players in Basel", he adds thinking of the Conference semifinal won by overturning the first leg score on the Swiss field.

Italiano also takes stock of his adventure in viola. "It all started in the summer retreat in Moena last year. It was an incredible growth process thanks also to the availability of the boys, from day one. They made themselves available even when we had to come out of non-exciting moments I was coming from saving on the last day with Spezia, the boys too: we had to react with pride, we qualified for Europe in the first year and now we have achieved two objectives: reaching the final of the Italian Cup and honoring the Conference, where we strongly wanted to go all the way. The last two years where I have put all of myself, all passion, all work. Now we don't have to settle against two very strong opponents but we have our chances. We arrive with confidence after the last few games. We will have to give all of us ourselves, we deserved to be here."

The push of the city

Pride and lucidity. The Italian praises Inzaghi and thinks about the drive from the fans: "In addition to their great quality, there is also a coach who knows how to win trophies, he's a specialist. The drive from the fans helped us to boost the environment, go with confidence and with enthusiasm away. The boys have felt their love and, as we did in Basel, we will certainly honor everything we have done during the year." And on the formation, he adds: "I always have my doubts but my players are all doing very well. We gave Inter a hard time, we didn't suffer their strength and we have weapons to show".

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Biraghi remembers Astori

Next to Italian there is Biraghi, Captain. "I'd like to see Florence celebrating and not just imagining it - he admits - We're ready, the team has perceived the enthusiasm in Florence and the importance of the final for the people who unfortunately aren't used to winning every year. I imagine that winning in such a passionate city, is extraordinary". Then he thinks back to Goshawks, the Viola captain who died in March 2018 in his hotel room in Udine, on retreat with the team. "Bringing the captain's armband to Florence isn't like bringing it elsewhere, it's a pride to carry forward an ideal that started when Davide took the armband. A path we took together when the goal was to refound everything and return to the levels Fiorentina were used to. We had discussed it with the captains at the time, Pezzella and Badelj: we had promised to carry on with his main objective at the time, which was to put everything aside and think only of the good of Fiorentina." .

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