Mazzarri: Fluid Firorentina to test Inter’s mettle

The Nerazzurri boss is concerned by the Viola’s threat despite the hosts missing several key players

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has warned his players they are in for a real test when they travel Fiorentina on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri are desperate to bounce back from last weekend’s shock 4-1 home defeat to Cagliari, their first of the Serie A season.

Fiorentina have just one win in their five league games this season, but Mazzarri says he is particularly concerned with the Viola’s fluid system.

“It’s going to be extremely tough,” Mazzarri told a press conference.

“They’re a team that offers you no reference points. Vincenzo Montella never gives you any reference points. We’ll try to be organised but it won’t be easy because they move around a lot, you never know who is the centre forward and they’ve very good at keeping the ball.

“They’re a tough proposition even if they are missing some important players.”

The likes of Mario Gomez, Giuseppe Rossi, Juan Cuadrado and Stefan Savic are all set to miss the clash.

The former Napoli boss also leapt to the defence of midfielder Hernanes, who has been singled out for criticism following last season’s €20 million arrival from Lazio.

“For a start Hernanes was very useful in helping us to reach fifth place last season. This year’s only just started and he’s played well in some games and less well in others.

“Obviously we can expect more from him. There are teams who splash out far greater sums of money. Hernanes’ price tag is relative.”

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