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.