Davide Astori inspiration
Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli claims the death of Davide Astori has influenced his team to what could develop into a history-breaking run of victories.
Astori died just in excess of a month ago prior to Viola‘s fixture with Udinese. They had gained at Chievo in Astori‘s final game as captain and have since beaten Benevento, Torino, Crotone, Udinese and Roma to shift to within just two victories of their club history for successive wins in Serie A.
Pioli claims the respect the team had for Astori has united them and made them perform even more challenging as the Tuscan club edge closer to a place in Europe subsequent time.
“He generally had a long-time period vision and he was a single of the initiative to believe that in our new path, and he places in a whole lot of effort to help his teammates develop,” Pioli informed RAI radio. “We were actively playing excellent football even when Davide was with us, but we lacked consistency, which is also usually provided the variations that we had made.
“Now we are far more of a team, far more mature and the success is arriving. We’re reaping the rewards of a very long but good task.”
As matters stand, Fiorentina would qualify for the Europa League subsequent time by holding their present-day seventh place, as long as AC Milan end within the leading six.
They are just two points forward of Sampdoria and Atalanta, although, and in a fight, Pioli expects to rage by to the close of the time, even if he admits he did not, in the beginning, assume Fiorentina to be an element of it.
“Ideal from the start out, there have been six sides who are much better than us, and they are the kinds now in the leading six positions,” Pioli said. “Then there is a group of sides who can make it into Europe, which includes sides like Atalanta and Sampdoria.
“We were starting up virtually from zero and the goal was to construct for the seasons to occur, but now we will test to get the finest we possibly can from this time.”
Fiorentina defeated Udinese 2-0 on Tuesday in a Serie A game postponed hours before it was scheduled to be played last month because of the sudden death of their captain, Davide Astori.
A minute’s applause was held at the Stadio Friuli in Udine prior to kickoff, with fans of both sides chanting Astori‘s name during the game and countless banners paying respect to the defender, who was found dead in his hotel room after a suspected cardiac arrest on the morning of March 4.
Fans in the stadium applauded once again in the 13th minute in recognition of Astori‘s shirt number.
“It certainly wasn’t easy,” Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli said at a postgame news conference. “The memory of the tragedy is still fresh and it will always be there.”
Jordan Veretout converted a penalty in the 29th minute and Giovanni Simeone doubled the lead in the 71st as Fiorentina won their fifth consecutive game — and fourth since Astori‘s death — to move to eighth in the table and within three points of the Europa League places.
“The squad has become more compact and these lads have united, and they have shown that they have an extraordinary strength to push on with the work Davide left behind,” Pioli said. “He’s still with us and now we’re giving even more on the field.”
Fiorentina midfielder Marco Benassi admitted it was difficult to return to Udine after Astori‘s death, writing on Instagram that the team dedicated the victory to the defender.
“It wasn’t easy coming back to Udine after what happened,” Benassi wrote. “Today, more than ever, Davide was with us and we won for Davide.
Fiorentina midfielder, Marco Benassi says that he and his teammates have got a lot to prove in their Serie A encounter with Inter Milan today.
The 23-year old, while speaking with Inter TV and Sky Sports Italia in the pre-match press conference said that they are well motivated to go all the way and “prove we are not the same team” that lost 3-0 to Inter last August.
“We had a slow growth process, but now we are a very united group, there is a strong motivation in facing a side we were well beaten by five months ago, to prove that we are not the same team people saw back then.”
“We are in a positive period of form and this is the best chance we’ve had in a while to beat one of the big clubs. I think that with our mentality, we can fight it out with everyone, including teams who are on paper stronger than us.”
“We already showed against Milan that we can cause serious problems. I will always be tied to Inter because of my past there, but I must focus on the team I play for and I’m proud to be representing Fiorentina tonight.”