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01/14/2014
 
Serie A side Fiorentina moved to resolve an injury crisis affecting their strikers by signing Italian international striker Alessandro Matri on loan from rivals AC Milan on Tuesday. Matri will fill the hole left by injuries to Giuseppe Rossi, leading scorer in Serie A with 14 goals, and German international Mario Gomez.

"There are some minor details to eke out and then I will be available for the coach," Matri told ViolaChannel.tv.


"I am hungry to play and to score a lot of goals," added the 29-year-old, who has played just six times for Milan this term, scoring once, and has become the target of abuse from the fans.


Matri will sign a six month contract with no option for Fiorentina to buy him. Fiorentina have been searching for a striker since Rossi was injured on January 5 while Gomez has been out of action since virtually the start of the season.


According to the Italian press Fiorentina are also on the verge of signing on loan Brazilian forward Anderson from English champions Manchester United.

 
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08/30/2013
 

Milan had a tough Champions League playoff having to take on a young and exciting PSV. However, after a 1-1 draw in Holland, Milan was able to get the job done at the San Siro and qualify for the group stage of Europe's premier club competition. Champions League qualification ensures additional funds to a team's budget and Milan wasted little time spending some of their newly early earned revenue on the signing of Alessandro Matri from Juventus. They also shocked many by selling Kevin Prince-Boateng who scored two goals in the second leg against PSV to Schalke.


Adriano Galliani ensured Milan fans that moves would still be made this transfer period, but he wanted the team to qualify for the Champions League group stage first. It did not take long for Galliani to prove he was a man of his word when he went out and signed Matri this week. However, Matri will not be well received in Milan as fans actually held out signs this week during the match at the San Siro protesting the idea of signing him and suggesting the team need to focus on signing defense and a midfielder. In this regard its easy to agree with the fans as defensive issues continue to be a problem for the club and money should have been allocated on signing someone to help ease the departure of Thiago Silva last year.


Milan have been drawn into a Champions League group with Barcelona once again. They seem to always meet the Spanish giants in the competition. Last season, Milan was up 2-0 headed back to the Camp Nou where they were blown out of the water and sent home packing. This time the Italians have Mario Balotelli which will help up top, but their defense is still going to be an issue. The team needs to address the issue if they plan to reach the latter stages of this year's competition. Time will tell how much of an impact the Boateng sale and Matri pickup will have on the Rossoneri.  

 
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02/12/2013
 
Neil Lennon's team had hopes of going past the round of 16 in this UEFA Champions League, until the Italians destroyed them with a three goal away victory. Celtic previously only lost at home against Barcelona, but could do nothing against a defensive Juventus that conceded the possession of the ball to the home team but did not miss the few opportunities that they had. Juventus got comfortable early on with a goal on the third minute and extended their lead after Celtic could not find a way to score against Buffon.

The home team started strong on the attack, but 3' minutes into the game Juventus scored with a long ball from Peluso that was lightly touched by Matri to beat the keeper but it was then "saved" on the line by Wilson and finally pushed in by Marchisio. On the replay it was clear that the Celtic defender did not save the ball on the line and they finally credited Matri for the goal. After the first goal it was obvious what the visiting team was playing at, Juventus fell back and threw a long ball every time they had a chance, while Celtic intensely pressured forward not letting the visitors breathe. The home team kept possession of the ball and had a lot of chances at goal, but could not get pass the defenders and could not beat Buffon on the first half.

As expected, the Italian team was satisfied with their 1-0 advantage and kept playing a very defensive game. Celtic impatiently searched for goal with innumerable crosses and shots from outside the box. Lustig limped out of the pitch on minute 59' and was replaced by Adam Matthews. Juventus reminded us that they can still be dangerous on minute 67', when Peluso found some space on the left flank, passed it to Vucinic who had a chance at goal but Wilson was there with a block. That was Peluso's last play and came out of the pitch a minute after for Padoin.

To the pleasure of the Celtic fans, Tony Watt came in for Kris Commons on minute 73' to try to be the savior of the game. A complete nightmare for the home team after Marchisio did a one-two touch with Matri, who then received the ball inside the box, cut to his right and took a shot at goal. Forster touched the ball but it still hit the back of the net, giving the visitors a very comfortable 2-0 lead. The nightmare continued when Marchisio stole the ball from Ambrose, touched inside the box for Vucinic who touched it to the left of the goalkeeper and gave them a 3-0 victory.

The Celtic team will visit Stadio Olimpico di Torino for the second leg of the round of 16 on March 6th.

 
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