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I am a big fan of Vincenzo Montella but his team selection and tactics were incomprehensible against Lazio.

He made 5 big mistakes:

1) he dropped Borja Valero, our most effective midfielder

2) he played Fernamdez not Aquilani as “mezzo punto” (behind the striker)

3) he played a diamond which allowed the wings for Candreva to attack to great effect

4) he took off his only forward Babacar when we were a goal down and did not replace him with Bernardeschi.

5) the team did not test out of form Lazio keeper Marchetti.

because of this our good run has ended and we lost 0-2.

I worry that a few more performances like this and the absence of a Gomez and Rossi up front will mean a mid-table Fiorentina.

About Stefano Ursolini

The son of a leading Florentine art dealer, Stefano initially worked in the Uffizi Gallery. He went into journalism and soon became a popular stringer writing on Tuscan wines, art and football. Stefano lives with his partner Umberto in the Santa Croce quarter of Florence. A dedicated supporter of AC Fiorentina his elegant articles on the Viola as well as the Serie A have earned him an appreciative global audience. More Posts