Underrated Paulo Sousa proves himself to Fiorentina

The Corriere della Sera labelled it “A destructive fall” while the Corriere dello Sport insisted the title race had reopened. On Sunday evening in the Stadio Artemio Franchi, a league that thrives on schadenfreude wryly smiled as Juventus suffered their fourth defeat of the season at the hands of rivals, Fiorentina.

Dubbed inconsistent and mentally fragile, Fiorentina have been made to suffer this season. Coach Paulo Sousa was hailed a magician last term, as his side combined beautiful technique with wicked vertical speed to create a thrilling side. Yet in Italy, stability is a luxury few can savour and problems soon arose. Sousa was unhappy with the club’s dealings in the transfer market, while this year, there is a distinct lack of chemistry between coach and squad.

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