Coppa Italia final preview: Fiorentina hoping to overcome Napoli
Fiorentina are unlikely to beat Napoli in the race for the Champions League, but want revenge in the Coppa Italia final.
Last Updated: 02/05/14 11:29pm
Napoli are set to finish third in Serie A as they are eight points clear of nearest rivals Fiorentina with three games remaining.
Both sides are eager to confirm their status as a power in Italy and can do so with victory at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
"We want to win the Coppa Italia and finish fourth in the league," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said.
"It has been a difficult season due to injuries and my team has done an extraordinary job.
"I would have liked to have had all my players available for this final."
The Viola, who have not won the Coppa since the 2000-01 campaign, lost their top scorer Giuseppe Rossi to a serious knee injury back in January.
Moreover, the club's top summer signing Mario Gomez has been plagued by injuries, making just nine league appearances all season.
Both players have been included in Fiorentina's travelling party but are unlikely to feature on Saturday.
"Rossi is finding his rhythm in training and I think he will be ready for the World Cup," Montella said.
"But in a final you cannot use players that need to find their form.
"I have an idea of who will play but it will be the condition of the players to make the difference."
Montella, who will be without suspended midfielder Juan Cuadrado, is hoping to recover midfielder Borja Valero and goalkeeper Norberto Neto, both doubtful.
Valero sustained a knee injury in last weekend's 3-0 triumph at Bologna while Neto hurt a finger in training this week.
Rivals Napoli will be bolstered by the presence of the team's top scorer Gonzalo Higuain.
The Argentinian striker sustained a heavy bruise to the right shin bone during his team's goalless draw at Inter Milan last time out and has been fighting against the clock to recover for the game.
"Not everyone in the team is 100 per cent, but we are in good shape," Napoli coach Rafael Benitez said.
"I'm optimistic that Higuain will recover."
Benitez, who is in his first season at Napoli, expects a battle from start to finish against the Viola.
"We can win but we can't make the mistake of thinking it will happen just because we are Napoli," he said.
"Fiorentina keep the ball well and have character.
"But we hope to lift the Coppa because people's evaluation of our season will also depend on this final. In any case, whatever happens at the Olimpico, I consider our season a success."
Napoli, who became the first club to exit the Champions League group stages despite taking 12 points earlier this season, most recently in 2012.
Watch the Coppa Italia final between Fiorentina and Napoli from the Stadio Olimpico in Rome live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.55pm on Saturday night.