Fiorentina’s loss to Sampdoria on Sunday night meant that the side from Florence has picked up only one point in their last five games. With an extremely difficult trip to Bayern Munich looming ahead, the Viola are confronting a real crisis situation.
For the past few years Cesare Prandelli has turned his Fiorentina side into regular Champions League contenders. In fact if you were to discount Calciopoli and the subsequent penalties imposed on the sides, the Viola have earned enough points for a top four finish for four years in a succession. However, this year it is looking incredibly difficult for the team to qualify for the UEFA Cup far less the Champions League.
The team sits is back in 11th position in the table and goals are coming at a premium as it has scored only thrice in the previous five games. Ever since, Adrian Mutu was suspended for testing positive for steroids, the team has failed to express itself and lacks attacking options. Stevan Jovetic has been unable to carry the burden of the team on his own and Alberto Gilardino hasn’t scored in the league since the first week of January. The new arrivals in the winter haven’t had the best time settling in either and the team now faces an uphill task to achieve anything this season.
Many critics have blamed Fiorentina’s Champions League commitments for their domestic troubles. However, that would be a very narrow minded evaluation of the Viola as the team has struggled since the start of the season. The Florence side hasn’t won more than two games in a row all season as they have been plagued by inconsistency. On many occasions the side has succumbed to undeserved defeats like the one against Roma last week but that can be attributed to a critical drop in concentration. On Saturday we witnessed a similar dip in the attention level as the players seemed to have their minds on the game against Bayern Munich.
On current form it is looking highly unlikely that the Tuscan side will be able to get anything against the Bavarians on Wednesday night. As we discussed last week, Bayern have been absolutely scintillating of late and they have won nine games in a row in the Bundesliga. If as is expected Fiorentina do crash out of the Champions League, it might very well mean that the team would have played its last European game for some time. Genoa, Sampdoria, Palermo, Juventus, Napoli and even Cagliari are making a run for the European spots this year.
The Gigliati still have a game in hand however they are pitted against Milan and hence three points seem far off at the moment. For Prandelli to recover the season it is essential that there is an immediate turnaround of fortunes. The team will face the likes of Napoli, Genoa and Juventus in the coming few weeks and if it fails to reinvigorate itself by then it might leave the Viola with long dull summer to contend with.