The arrival of Fiorentina in Seville also represents the past of the two pillars of the Real Betis. Joaquín enjoyed his only trip abroad to Florence and returned home from there; Yes Pezella he went further, because barely twelve months ago he was captain of the Viola. Today faces will be seen with his former team, something very special, especially for the Argentine, who will meet many friends he hasn’t greeted in a year.
The Albiceleste centre-back took stock of this year on Fiorentina.it, analyzing how he sees his former team, team-mates like Martínez Quarta, who only two years ago were Betis’ target on the market, or Lo Celso that appears on the horizon of both.
“When you make a decision you consider a lot of things. Over time you can tell if it was good or not, but let’s just say it went well. It was very positive, both for me and for the team. I played a lot, we won the Copa del Rey, which hadn’t been won here for a long time. These are beautiful things for a footballer. The continuity of the team allowed a great tournament. In the Europa League, we alternated a bit, but we were eliminated at the last minute by Eintracht, who then won the trophy”, says a Pezzella, who admits to following Fiorentina “all the time” and was happy to the good season he has had. despite his departure.
“I was very attached to so many people and to the city that gave me so much. I think they had a great season, it wasn’t easy. I was happy that they managed to give the team an identity that had been missing for a long time (…) When I left, I knew that Fiorentina would have a great season. I spoke with Italiano and my colleagues, but my decision was due to another point of view that I keep. I don’t like to comment on situations that wouldn’t do well today. I keep the reason for this decision, we all have our reasons. When I was at Fiorentina I always tried to do my best to fight for important goals, because that’s how I am and that’s what I like. The years I was in, so much happened and in the end that was the situation,” he added.
Pezzella admits tonight’s game will be special for him, but more than anything because of the reunion. “It’s a friendly match, but seeing so many old colleagues and friends is very special. I already knew from last season that we could play this friendly match, so I spoke about it to my former team-mates and also to the people who work at Fiorentina. We immediately got in touch to tell them that I was waiting for them and it makes me happy to find people with whom I sympathized so much“, he added about the duel which will oppose Betis and Fiorentina this evening.
Pezzella, on Lo Celso: “He’s an incredible player”
Pezzella was also interviewed by Lo Celso. His national teammate, former Real Betis, with whom he was linked this summer, and target, among others, of Fiorentina, in addition to Villarreal. The Betis centre-back is in no doubt that his signing would be ‘perfect’ no matter which club he ends up with. “I heard some news, but I don’t know anything and I haven’t spoken to him. Gio (Lo Celso) is an incredible player. I like him a lot because in addition to being technically strong, he always wants to win and he is one of those who never backs down. Hopefully he would be perfect for the team and besides, his career speaks for him. He is a permanent starter in our national team and he is still young.”
Finally, he also had words for Lucas Martinez Quartaa footballer in whom there are high expectations and who was in the Betis orbit before signing for Fiorentina: “I often talk to Lucas and I always tell him to stay calm and work hard, because sooner or later the Opportunity knocks. You have to be aware of what’s good for you, then self-criticize to improve what’s wrong and try again until the wall in front of you crumbles. I don’t know any other means,” says Pezzella.