Montella fights his corner

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella will miss his side's relegation battle with Genoa after being given a two-game ban.

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has denied that he is a failure despite not winning a Serie A game since his return to the club.

The 45-year-old spent three successful seasons with La Viola between June 2012 and June 2015, winning 81 of the 153 games in which he was in charge.

The former Italy striker then had a short spell managing Sampdoria, before 17 months in charge of Milan and just four months in the Sevilla dugout.

He was sacked by the latter of the two in April 2018 and was out of work before surprisingly taking over at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Montella has yet to win in the Italian top-flight during his second stint, with Fiorentina one of five clubs pointless after two league games this term.

There has been considerable criticism in the press towards the Roma legend but he has come out fighting in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I won the Rossoneri’s last trophy, while at Sevilla I was sacked after a historic result, qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League and reaching the Copa del Rey Final,” he said. “Does that seem disastrous to you?”

Things will not get any easier this weekend as champions Juventus come calling on Saturday afternoon.

Montella knows it will be tough but wants to wants to get up and running against the Old Lady.

“Few teams have beaten Juve lately, but I’ll also try because great stories are born from impossible challenges,” he added. “I’d like to open a great chapter in Fiorentina’s history by doing something special against Sarri’s team.”