Welcome to the latest offering from The Viola Story its been a long but very productive Season in Florence. We finished as runners up in the league and won the Italian Cup, which rounded off a very good season for us. We did not have a very good time of things in Europe has you will know from my last update but we over achieved in the league by holding off Napoli and Roma to finish in 2nd place and a guaranteed place in next season’s Champions League group stage. It was nice to pick some silverware up with our Coppa win. The board have given me a 2 year extension on my contract that will give me some stability has I attempt to rebuild the squad in the summer.
Serie A Final Table
Serie A Results
We returned to action after the winter break with a 3-0 (Babacar 2, Zivkovic) win at home to Chievo, I had said to the players to go out and do this for the fans and they delivered with a solid performance. Our next game was a 1-1 draw away to Lazio, we needed an own goal to take a point after Alonso saw red after a second booking. A 2-0 win followed against Sampdoria with Rodriguez and Fernandez getting our goals. Juventus then came to Florence and beat us 2-0, the league leaders dominated us for long periods of the game. A visit to the San Siro resulted in us getting a 1-1 draw courtesy of a lovely solo goal by on loan winger Christian Tello against Internazionale. A thrashing of Udinese 5-0 (Babacar 2, Ilicic, Valero, Roncaglia) set the Artemio Franchi a light as our Tifosi celebrated a night of attacking football. Back down to earth in our next game a 3-0 loss in Naples to Napoli. We then won our next 3 fixture’s Frosinone 4-1, Atalanta 2-1, and Verona 2-1. Our next 4 fixtures only produced 1 win 4-1 at home to Genoa with us drawing in a blank in 3 defeats during this period AS Roma 0-3, Torino 0-2 and AC Milan 0-2. We needed to stop the rot, so I made a few changes for our visit to Empoli were we fashioned out a 1-1 draw. This result gave us a push back on track and U.S Sassuolo were on the end of a 3-0 defeat thanks to goals from Kalinic 2 and Tello. A 2-2 draw at Carpi followed by a 2-0 win at home to Palermo ensured Champions League football next season with 3 games to go. We ended the season with 2 draws 0-0 v Bologna and 1-1 v Chievo and a final day win at home to Lazio which gave us the runners up spot.
Coppa Italia Results
Champions at the first attempt of my era left me more than happy beating Juventus on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Next season we will be competing in the Champions League and I have taken the decision to bring more Italian nationals in to the first team squad. With the backing of the board I have already identified the players I want to bring in to the club. This decision also means that we will be making way for the new arrivals by trimming our current first team squad, I have accepted deals for the following players: Zarate, Babacar, Valero and Ilicic for a combined fee of £29.95m which we will invest back in to the squad. You may be thinking that these are big players to let go but I want to build the club on a backbone of Italian players and I feel the time is right to do it. It will be a busy summer for sure with a some exciting signings confirmed, which will be unveiled in my next post.
The Board Set Initial Budgets
The Board Sanction Improvements
Thanks for taking the time to read The Viola Story. Look out for my next post which will be a pre season update that will include the season opener the Super Coppa match against Juventus.