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View from abroad: Fiorentina 4 Milan 3/Clermont Ferrand 1 Nice 2

Once again we saw an exciting spectacular – this time between la Viola and serie a leaders Milan.

Fiorentina were at one stage leading 3-0 but Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat trick for the Rossoneri and we were hanging on.

Star striker 21 year old Vlahavic has a reputed £80m price tag.

There are rumours of an agreement in place with Juve but all the Premiership big boys are interested albeit possibly not at that price.

Is he worth it?

His two assets are his youth and his goal record: 27 this calendar year.

Viola coach Vincenzo Italiano has done a good job. The good thing about him, Paolo Zanetti at Venezia and Graham Potter of Brighton, is that they work with what they have – unlike Jose Mourinho, now at Roma, who demands a big budget and complains about his players and the referee.

Inter 3 Napoli 2 last night was another exciting game.

Anguissa, the Fulham ex, is currently Napoli’s best player.

Clermont Ferrand 1 Nice 2

Nice are second in Ligue une and also have an excellent coach, Christophe  Galtier, recruited from Lille.

Fulham and Southampton fans will recognise Lemina. Dolberg is a fine striker and the evergreen Dante – though absent yesterday – organises the back four.

In goal Walter Benitez is a fine last line of defence. We have many injuries but even under Sir James Ratcliffe of Ineos the project is taking shape.

We went a goal down but two from Amine Gouiri put the Eagles in front.

The standard is lower than the Premiership where the big money lies.

Nice’s top total budget was 55m euros before Sir James took over so they would still be a selling club.

This game was refereed – and refereed well – by a woman Stephanie Frappart, which at least is one thing we French have over the English!


Michel de Vacri

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

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