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Fiorentina boss Prandelli reveals the plan to beat Juventus

Cesare Prandelli, Andrea Pirlo, Fiorentina, Juventus
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The Serie A strugglers will be put to the ultimate test on Tuesday in facing the in-form reigning league champions Juventus.

Cesare Prandelli believes the key to an excellent performance against Juventus will hinge on an attacking-minded mentality and teamwork.

La Viola have endured a tough start to the campaign, having won only two of their 13 games (D5 L6). Therefore, they are just four points above the relegation zone in 16th-place in the Serie A standings.

Prandelli also hasn’t overseen a league victory since the 3-2 triumph over Udinese in October. It’s left the club on an eight-match winless run (D4 L4) and without a single win on the road all season.

But while the stats don’t make a great read ahead of a grueling trip to Juventus on Tuesday, Prandelli has no plans to throw in the towel.

“We must be brave, attack with several players – this is the right attitude,” said the Fiorentina coach in a pre-match conference on Monday afternoon.

“With this mentality, we can have a great game.

“Right now we must think about our mentality. In recent games we saw the right attitude, helping each other, overcoming difficulties. These [last] two draws came against two good sides [Sassuolo and Hellas Verona].

“The mentality fuels the performance. Right now we’re mentally ready. We need to continue like this, we need consistency.”

Fiorentina have failed to score in their last four away league games, losing three of them (D1). But, as Prandelli pointed out, no team is perfect.

The 63-year-old Italian added: “We must make the most of anyone’s mistake, including at Juventus.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect team. We must understand the best moment to hurt Juventus. I want my team to take risks.”