Fiorentina-Bayern Munich: A Night for Pride, Passion, and Perfection

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Fiorentina-Bayern Munich: A Night for Pride, Passion, and Perfection
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Batigol, Baggio, and Antognoni, we need your spirit now.

A prayer to Fiorentina's Holy Trinity of the past three decades is in order, as the current side embarks on its mission to eliminate Bayern Munich.

It will take a performance of pride, passion, and perfection to get the right result.

The Viola were robbed of a draw in the first leg by a ridiculous officiating error.

They have to put that behind them.

Instead, they need all the focus and concentration they can muster if they are to beat a side sitting top of the Bundesliga.

From Gabriel Omar Batistuta, we must take courage.

"A warrior never defeated, loyal in spirit and in battle" was how they described him in his heyday at the Artemio Franchi.

Remember how he bounced defenders out of his way before thumping the ball home into the net?

That kind of bravery is needed to progress in the Champions League.

I can see echoes of Batigol in the thundering boots of another South American star.

Juan Manuel Vargas—he even has three names as well. A different position, sure, but the same fighting attitude, impressive physique and power-packed shot.

From Roby Baggio, we must take unpredictable genius.

It will probably take a moment of magic to break down the German defence.

The Viola have no shortage of inventive players, but none more so than Stevan Jovetic. He seems to save his best for European nights so hopefully that trend can continue. The young Montenegrin has the pace, skill and technique to trouble an occasionally clumsy Bayern defence.

From Giancarlo Antognoni, we must take tactical perfection.

He played watching the stars, his first touch was so good that he was always at least a page ahead of the opposition. He could give shape to any side.

Fiorentina will need to keep their formation throughout their battle with Louis van Gaal's side.

Vision, precision, and quality will be the order of the day.

It's not much to ask, is it?

If the Viola can live up to the greats of years gone by, they will deserve their own place in the hall of fame.

Despite recent setbacks, they can go into the game with their heads held high.

They have already brought honour to the city of Florence. It is time to try to go one step further.

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