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Toni eyeing Juve scalp

Fiorentina striker Luca Toni believes his side ‘can make history’ by beating Juventus in the crucial Serie A clash on Saturday.

Toni realised a boyhood dream when he signed for the Serie A champions back in 2011, but his short spell in Turin came to an abrupt end when he joined UAE outfit Al Nasr.

Now plying his trade for Fiorentina, the 35-year-old is relishing the prospect of facing his old employers, and insisted his current side are capable of picking up all three points give
n their performances so far this season.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “I was a Juventus fan from a young age but when I moved to Modena I just started supporting the team I was playing for.

“I injured myself during my second game for the club and (Luigi) Del Neri told me not to give up. But then (Antonio) Conte arrived and told me to pack my bags.

“We (Fiorentina) can make history. We are strong and we give every opponent we face a lot of trouble. No one has ever truly dominated us and in the reverse fixture we dominated them.”

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has warned that his side will need to be ‘perfect’ in order to triumph at Juventus Stadium, and said he hopes the burgeoning rivalry between the sides will not boil over during the match.

“We have prepared well for the game and we’ll need to be perfect,” the former Catania coach told reporters.

“It’s true that the rivalry between Juventus and Fiorentina, also at management level, has intensified, but we have to keep that within the context of a sporting rivalry.

“We must transform that into positive energy and not arrogance.”

Fri 8 Feb, 2013
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