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Saturday November 30 2013
Montella: 'If we had Toni...'

Vincenzo Montella prepares to face Verona and admits Fiorentina “could’ve done with Luca Toni right about now.”

The Viola host Hellas at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Monday at 18.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

This Serie A fixture was moved due to Europa League commitments, as they played a 0-0 draw away to Pacos Ferreira on Thursday night.

“We want to win every game, then whether we achieve it or not is a different matter,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We are eager to stick close to the leading group, but a lot depends on our opponents too. I think we should look at the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. The club has done a lot for this team and we’ll end up where we end up.

“The transfer market will depend on the opportunities available to us. For now the club is happy and so am I. We mustn’t lose our enthusiasm or sense of where we belong.”

Fiorentina have failed to score in their last two games in all competition and are really starting to miss the injured Mario Gomez, whose recovery from knee surgery is delayed by an inflammation.

With this in mind, Montella feels some regret at facing Hellas Verona hitman Toni, who left Florence at the end of his contract over the summer.

“He gave the team a lot and then we made our decisions together. With Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi, he would’ve had little playing time. With Mario’s injury, we could’ve done with Toni right now...

“Gabriel Batistuta is back in Italy? If he brings his boots along, we might let him play! I hope he’ll come round and say hello to the team, as I’ve always had a good rapport with him.”

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