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Montella: Salah and Gomez played well together

Posted on February 20, 2015
Vincenzo Montella

Photo: Sky Sports

coach Vincenzo praised the attacking partnership of  and Mario Gomez on their first appearance together following the Viola’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham. 

Jose Maria Basanta canceled out Roberto Soldado’s opener as Fiorentina drew 1-1 with Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the first leg of their tie.

“In physical terms they did much more to begin with, but in the second half we did well and threatened to win it,” said Montella in his post-match press conference, as translated by Football Italia.

“I have to compliment my lads, as they were able to keep their heads after a difficult start. We had fun and are satisfied with the result.

“We slowly adapted to the English style and their tempo, but struggled with that at the beginning. The problem is that our football involves training perhaps too much, yet we still move more slowly than the others.”

Egyptian international , who has starred for the Viola since joining on loan from Chelsea this month, partnered Germany international Mario Gomez in attack for the first time, a partnership the coach praised, although admitting the key to the game was switching from 3-5-2 to a 4-3-3 system.

“That was part of the plan. Perhaps we suffered a little with three at the back, but did well to react. Mohamed Salah and Mario Gomez were always in the game, both physically and psychologically. It was their first time playing together and they did well.”

Fiorentina will host Tottenham in the second leg next week at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.


  1. Nader

    February 20, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Strange, i thought there was absolutely no connection between Gomez and Salah. Movement and Passing between the two was disappointing if you compare it to Salah’s partnership with Streller at Basel.

  2. Blooz

    February 21, 2015 at 3:38 AM

    Salah is garbage. If Chelsea sent any of their subs to Fiorentina they would stand out too. Salah shook in his boots every chance he got in the EPL. No coup, just crap Seria A.

  3. Mido , USA

    February 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    f*** chelsea and f*** england and especially f*** morinho. SALAHHHHH IS THE BEST PLAYER.

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