Vincenzo Montella's Fiorentina, Stevan Jovetic Proves to Be Best Show in Serie A
Vincenzo Montella might have disappointed many when he departed Catania for pastures new after only one season with the Sicilian club, but L'Aeroplanino was smart to take up the rare opportunity to revive Fiorentina.
The Viola invested significantly in the transfer market this summer, in order to rejuvenate a squad that flirted with relegation last season, finally providing a support cast worthy to play with their prized asset, Stevan Jovetic.
Montella has continued to utilise the 3-5-2 formation that proved so successful with the Elefanti, which has delighted the Stadio Artemio Franchi faithful after the torment of last season.
Montella is producing a wonderful brand of football that is taking Serie A by storm, combining a technical excellence with the ability to play at a frenetic pace when appropriate.
From the new signings recruited by the Gigliati, there can be nobody more impressive than Facundo Roncaglia. The Argentine is already proving to one of the signings of the season after joining from Boca Juniors on a free transfer.
The Argentine-born centre-back has already stated his ambition is to play for Italy, after Cesare Prandelli was reported to be following his progress since moving to Serie A after the 2012 Copa Libertadores final, which Boca Juniors lost to Corinthians.
Another sensational signing is the Florentine-born stopper Emiliano Viviano, on loan from Palermo, who is proving to be inspirational between the sticks and clearly relishing the opportunity to play for the club that he supported as a boy.
The Viola's tactics are bold and to be admired, after a superb performance at home to the champions on Tuesday night, where Juve were fortunate to leave Florence with a point, extending their unbeaten run in Serie A to 44 matches.
Fiorentina controlled the tempo of the match through the veteran Chilean David Pizarro, whose range of passing is simply a joy to behold, releasing Manuel Pasqual and Juan Cuadrado to scamper down the wings knowing that the former Roma maestro can deliver the ball to them from any part of the pitch.
It is still somewhat unclear as to who will be Jovetic's partner in attack, as the Serbian international Adem Ljajić, while bright and lively, squandered the game's biggest chance and was also booked for simulation. While Mounir El Hamdaoui is on the sidelines due to injury, Luca Toni—based on a handful of cameo appearances—appears to be a little overweight and clumsy since his return to the Viola so far.
Fiorentina can afford to be ambitious with their targets for the season and may wish to revise those made in preseason after such an impressive beginning to Montella's reign. There will be some trepidation though, due to the scintillating form being produced by Jovetic.
Over the summer, Jovetic revealed that he had rejected the advances of Manchester City, Juventus and Chelsea in order for his career to prosper in the Viola. But if Jojo continues to maintain such impressive form, these clubs will return with improved offers.
The Montenegrin has proven once and for all that he has completely recovered from rupturing cruciate knee ligaments two years ago. It is a pleasure to watch this 22-year-old in the form of his career and it's impossible not to admire the man, as well as the player.
Jovetic showed loyalty and patience in remaining with Fiorentina this summer, trusting that the new project could help facilitate a new era of success at the Artemo Franchi, without solely relying on the number eight.
"I am happy to be at the centre of this project at Fiorentina," Jovetic revealed to Sky Sport Italia, which is bound to have many wondering whether the former Partizan striker can be the inspiration for a first Scudetto since 1969.
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