Fiorentina coach: Gomez and Rossi born to play together
There were protests from the Genoa players led by Lodi, criticising Gomez for what they saw as an excessive celebration after he tucked away a penalty in the dying moments of the game, but Montella played down the controversy.
“He has to celebrate when he scores, when he scores decisive goals even more so. Then there are also moments when it is inappropriate,” Montella told Mediaset Premium after the match.
“We’re happy, the team played great football with a system of play which was different to the usual one.
“Pressure from the fans? The people of Florence were exceptional, against Grasshoppers they kept cheering us on until the end of the match.”
Italian international forward Rossi has gotten off to a flying start in Serie A and now has three goals in two league appearances after scoring a brace in Sunday evening’s match.
“Rossi? He’s an exceptional player that still has to grow physically, in fact I thank Italy boss [Cesare] Prandelli for letting him stay and train in Florence,” he continued.
“He’s a player who can make the fans fall in love, but who also has substance. He and [Mario] Gomez were born to play together.”
Speculation has been rife that Fiorentina will look to sign a new goalkeeper, with Julio Cesar’s name being persistently linked with the club, but Montella denied those rumours and didn’t seem too concerned by the goals conceded by his team.
“Neto made some great saves, he gives us security.
“Too many goals conceded? We would have had to play with an extra player! Jokes aside they are the tactical decisions, we open ourselves up to play and concede, but we’re working to improve.”
The next Serie A fixture for the Gigliati is on September 15 when they will play host to Cagliari.