Fiorentina continued their march toward Champions League football next season today when they dealt out a 3-0 thrashing at Sampdoria.
For one player it was a game that certainly meant more than it did for most. That player in question was former Manchester United youngster Adem Ljajic.
Although technically never an official Manchester United player essentially he did sign for the club in 2009 along with Zoran Tosic from Partizan Belgrade. However the deal collapsed due to work permit issues and in January 2010 he signed for the Florence outfit.
This season has arguably been his best in the Viola and Sampdoria once again paid the price of Ljajic’s skill with an impressive all-round performance that included the second goal:
But this goal would have meant more for the Serbian then most; after all the Sampdoria manager was Delio Rossi.
For those who do not know of the pairs chequered history please let me enlighten you.
Rossi was in fact the manager of Fiorentina last season and one moment during a game with lowly Novara toward the end of the season defined their relationship.
With Fiorentina trailing 2-0 early on Rossi took the desperate decision to withdraw Ljajic from the pitch after just 32 minutes leading the Serb to applaud his gaffer sarcastically; an action that did not sit well with the former Foggia player.
Something you can clearly tell from his reaction.
Rossi was sacked immediately and banned from Italian football for three months. However when Ciro Ferrara was sacked by the Genoese side in December they called on Rossi to save them which set up this barnstorming encounter.
Maybe next time he should punch someone a little less talented.
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