Written By Onyeka Daniel
There’s a slight uncertainty surrounding the Serie A game between Fiorentina and Juventus at the Artemis Franchi stadium as heavy flood has ravaged the region, but for the time being, the game is not at risk of being postponed.
Despite the protest from the Fiorentina ultras, it looks as if tomorrow’s game will go ahead despite the region dealing with flash floods that killed at least seven people. Storm Ciaran swept over northern Italy this week and was particularly devastating in Tuscany, leaving seven confirmed dead and another person is reported missing.
Hundreds have been forced to leave their homes. A decision was planned today on whether the Serie A match would go ahead, but according to a report, the local authorities have not even been asked to evaluate the situation at the Stadio Franchi.
Fiorentina ultras group the Curva Fiesole released a statement recently, demanding that the game be rescheduled, as all resources should be pumped into helping the region deal with these floods.
It is not over yet either, as more storms are expected in the next few days. More rain is expected today and that means the conditions could worsen tomorrow, leading to potentially a re-evaluation of the fixture.
Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic came up through the Fiorentina academy and has not forgotten his old city, using his Instagram Stories to send a message of solidarity and prayer for those affected by the floods. A minute’s silence will be held before all Serie A and B games this weekend for the victims.
For their manager, Vincenzo Italiano, he wants to see Fiorentina play with ‘ferocity’ against their old rivals and hopes the fans can ‘inspire’ the players towards victory. “All of us at the club were profoundly struck by what is happening in Tuscany.
“Our first thoughts go to the families who lost their loved ones, those who are still without water and electricity. We send our embrace to those who are suffering right now,” Italiano told the official Fiorentina channel. In the build-up to this big match, Fiorentina held an open training session with supporters in the stands.
The Viola suffered surprise defeats to Empoli and Lazio, in the latter conceding a last-gasp Ciro Immobile penalty. “We know how important this game is and thank the fans who gave us an extra push, we want to make them happy. Clearly, we need to react to the two defeats and get back on track in Serie A.”
Juventus put themselves in the running for the Scudetto with a 1-0 win away to 10-man Milan, then squeezed past Hellas Verona with another 1-0 result. “We are up against a team that is capable of winning games against anyone and causing all sorts of problems.
“We must prepare well and I hope the stadium atmosphere can inspire us, so that at the final whistle we can all celebrate together,” added Italiano. “Juve have quality, physicality and run at you from all angles. However, more than worry about the dangers they pose, we should focus on our own strengths, starting with ferocity and quality. That is how you win games.” He further added.
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