Fiorentina Women boss Antonio Cincotta says he is expecting ‘180 minutes of hell’ when his side take on Arsenal in the Round of 32 in the Champions League in September. The draw was made in Nyon on Friday, pitting the Viola against the English champions for the second consecutive season.
Last year, Fiorentina were narrowly defeated 1-0 in the first leg away at Chelsea before falling to a 6-0 second leg defeat in Florence. Cincotta admits he would rather have avoided the Gunners, who won the competition in 2007. The first leg will be played on 11th or 12th September at Boreham Wood with the second leg taking place in Italy on 25th or 26th September.
Dopo il Chelsea troviamo l'Arsenal campione d'Inghilterra. Giocheremo a testa alta e daremo il massimo, contro una squadra che punta a vincere la Champions. Ci impegneremo al 100% e oltre, contro una squadra davvero fortissima! #QuestaÈFirenze #ForzaViola
— Antonio Cincotta (@AntonioCincott1) August 16, 2019
“After Chelsea we draw the Arsenal Champions of England,” he told the Fiorentina website. “We will play head-on trying to give our best against a team that aims to win the trophy. In women’s football the distances are still very wide, just think that Arsenal has ousted Chelsea from the Champions League race this season.
“Last year against Chelsea we suffered so much. We are aware that the European road has started uphill, we will do our utmost because we expect 180 minutes of hell against Arsenal.” Fiorentina qualified by virtue of finishing second in Serie A behind Juventus.
The game also pits manager Joe Montemurro against Australian international Lisa de Vanna, whom he managed at Melbourne City. de Vanna has made no secret of the fact that she fell out with Montemurro on her twitter account, posting a series of critical tweets of the Gunners boss.
Truth. Will. Always. Win
Unfortunately liars get their turns first!!
— Lisa De Vanna (@lisadevanna11) December 26, 2018