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Davide Astori inspiration behind Fiorentina's winning run - Stefano Pioli

Davide Astori inspiration behind Fiorentina's winning run - Stefano Pioli
From ESPN - April 10, 2018

Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli says the death of Davide Astori has inspired his team to what could become a record-breaking run of victories.

Astori died just over a month ago prior to the Viola's fixture with Udinese. They had won at Chievo in Astori's last game as captain and have since beaten Benevento, Torino, Crotone, Udinese and Roma to move to within two victories of their club record for successive wins in Serie A.

Pioli says the respect the team had for Astori has united them and made them work even harder as the Tuscan club edge closer to a place in Europe next season.

"He always had a long-term vision and he was one of the first to believe in our new path, and he put in a lot of effort to help his teammates develop," Pioli told RAI radio. "We were playing good football even when Davide was with us, but we lacked consistency, which is also normal given the changes that we had made.

"Now we are more of a team, more mature and the results are arriving. We are reaping the rewards of a very long but positive job."

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