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Fiorentina have been battling a tough schedule in recent weeks, but the squad is thin, and the injuries have finally taken their toll on them.
The Viola were always outsiders for third place but seemed to be clinging on to Napoli's coat tails, perhaps more to do with Rafael Benitez's side failing to open up a gap, rather than Montella's men maintaining pressure on their rivals with a great run of form.
The Viola are sitting in fourth place, but Inter Milan have suddenly hit some form and are one point behind.
While Parma are just a further point adrift and have gone 15 matches unbeaten in what will surely put Roberto Donadoni in contention for manager of the year.
The Gialloblu actually have a game in hand, meaning that they could usurp both Inter and Fiorentina if they beat Roma when their game is rescheduled.
It would be harsh on Fiorentina to slip down as low as sixth and potentially risk losing out on European football, as injuries have evidently played a part in the team fizzling out, but Montella must maintain focus.
There is a Coppa Italia final to come, but the league form must drastically improve to give themselves the best chance of beating Napoli in May and capping off a great season.
Failure to do so could mean huge disappointment and an ultimately poor season, despite the circumstances.