After the shocking 0-7 with Inter, we said that we needed men more than football players: from this point of view, exam with Sampdoria is passed. Sassuolo has taken the field, thinking first of all not to take goals. Sacrifice, short lines and right concentration: these were the positive notes, but it was not enough: Sassuolo needed 3 points and consequently had to be more courageous. On the contrary, in the first half was blocked by fear, that led the three forwards to come back..
Simone Zaza was the one who worked harder, ever controlled by Gastaldello and Silvestre and he has never been able to shoot at goal. In the second half the blackgreens have played more freely, but they never gave breath to Sampdoria, that has occupied for all the time the sassuolo’s half field, but Antei and Acerbi (pleasant surprise) have shown great strenght and concretness. Sergio Floccari took the place of Zaza and he has made know his desire to make his mark in the match. He has been a true leader and had the best chance to score.
In Fiorentina-Sassuolo the teams could go on for all the night. Fiorentina with the ball and sassuolo running for it, it would not have changed anything. For the second match Di Francesco puts aside his carefree spirit and prepares a proof of great sacrifice, compactness and team spirit, essentials for points in a difficult match like the one in Florence.
The Cannavaro’s comeback was very important and gave safety also to the defense mate Antei. Fiorentina had the best chances when has played in speed (like in the action ended with the goalpost hit by Borja Valero) or in the few occasions when Joaquin and Cuadrado have overcomed their controllers. The psychological impact after 0-7 with Inter is still present but the team is in the game, has found grit and determination, best qualities to continue the journey in Serie A. The point conquered in Florence is very precious for classification but in particular for a good mood: Sassuolo is alive and has found its balance. Now they just have to remember how to play in the other half of the field.
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