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Former Juventus midfielder Albert Aquilani will come up against his former teammates when Fiorentina take on the favourites for the title on Sunday. Juventus have made a good start to the season, but they have been overshadowed by the record of Roma. Rudy Garcia’s men have started the season with wins in all the matches so far. Despite this, Juventus have kept pace with them at the top of the table are they are just the few points below them. Fiorentina, though, will be providing a much difficult test for Antonio Conte’s men on Sunday.
Aquilani has been one of the good signings for Fiorentina, and he has helped Vincenzo Montella’s men to take seven wins from the opening 12 matches. Fiorentina are only four points behind Napoli, who are one of the favourites for the title. After missing out on the Champions League last season by finishing the fourth place, Montella will be looking to grab the top three spots this season. A victory against Juventus is going to be essential in order to do so since they could take advantage of the home factor.
Juventus also have their midweek exertions in the Champions league. Fiorentina’s last match finished in 0-0 draw with Lazio, while they have already lost against one of the title contenders in the form of Inter Milan earlier this season.
“I have no regrets and will celebrate if I score. There is the desire to win and this game means a lot to the fans, but I have no need for revenge. It is all in the past for me and I have no regrets. I want to put in an important performance and will celebrate if I score. Since coming to Florence I’ve realised this game is completely different to the others and the fans gave us such enthusiasm. We want to repay them on the field,” said Aquilani.
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After a brilliant season under Vincenzo Montella, much has been expected from Fiorentina at the start of this campaign. However, midfielder Alberto Aquilani reckons that it will be extremely difficult for his team to win the title. Juventus and Napoli are regarded as the favourites for the Italian Serie A title this season. Fiorentina, though, are not too far behind when it comes to the bookmakers odds. The club has made some important signings over the course of the summer transfer window. One of the biggest has been the arrival of German international Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich.
Still at the peak of his career, Gomez will be expected to spearhead the attack. Fiorentina already have one of the best midfielders in the country. Aquilani, who has had disappointing spells at Liverpool and Juventus in the past few years, has been doing well under Montella. Fiorentina will be taking part in the Europa league this season. This could be one of the main challenges between them winning the title and finishing outside the top three. Playing in the Europa league requires a strong squad due to the sheer number of matches if the club were to make it into the latter stages.
Fiorentina narrowly missed out on the top three last season.
“Obviously everyone likes to talk about the Scudetto, but perhaps that word is used a bit too often. In order to reach the title you have to play a fantastic season without ups and downs. The club has done very well on the transfer market, but it’d be very difficult to win the Scudetto,” said Aquilani. Aquilani scored seven goals in just seven appearances for Fiorentina last season. This was one of his best performances in the last five years, as he had failed to cross more than two goals during this period.