Thinking about history, about a city in turmoil, about the effect that can raise a European cup and bring it back to Florence can only confuse ideas. Better, getting off the bus arrived in the evening at the Slavia stadium, breathe the warm air of spring in Prague and not think too much. Tomorrow evening Fiorentina will play the second of the three European finals of Italian football, its second final of the season. The first, in the Italian Cup, against Inter, went badly. The second can determine the sign of an entire vintage, but also the sign of the future. The challenge with West Ham is one of those games where everyone knows to play a piece of the future, individual and collective. This is the case for Vincenzo Italiano, who in these days celebrates the fifth anniversary of the victory of the D series playoffs with Arzignano Valchiampo. Going from the Venetian amateurs to a European final in five years is another reason to turn heads. But so it is for Commisso, who hopes to give a trophy to the square. This is the case for players who all arrive, more or less, at a fundamental junction of their careers. This is the case for a society that has to decide what it wants to do when it grows up.
"I am very happy - says Italiano - to have the opportunity to play a final with these extraordinary guys and this incredible club. These are matches that then remain in history. We play all our cards, we arrive charged and confident, especially thanks to the great return round. We obviously know that we are facing a team of great value. We have the heart, we have shown it and tomorrow it must be put on the field". It will also be a challenge between two very different teams: Fiorentina plays purposeful football, West Ham is a chest that is difficult to unhinge, or at least it was in the Conference League, in spite of a so-so premiership. Italiano is thinking about how to deal with it, but he has not yet removed all doubts, starting with the catchphrase that has accompanied the whole season: Jovic or Cabral for the center of the attack? The doubt will also remain for the last decisive act of the season, with the two who could, at some point, even play together if the situation were to require it. Who will not be there is Gaetano Castrovilli and this can only be very bad news, given that in recent months he was finding the form that had launched him as one of the most beautiful realities of young Italian football, before being battered by physical problems. But a final is a final and Italiano knows that whoever plays will not particularly need to be motivated. "To play a game like this - says the coach - you have to be free from a mental point of view, play with a clear mind. The experience of the Italian Cup can help us: we had a blackout, but then we returned to the game." And if tomorrow evening the heart of captain Cristiano Biraghi were to beat at the time of a cup that rises, the thought will also return to March 4, 2018, when the heart of another captain, Davide Astori, stopped. Biraghi and Nikola Milenkovic recalled this in the pre-match press conference. Both were there that day. "Davide - says Biraghi - is always with us: what is certain is that tomorrow night we will leave the field without regrets and maybe we will not even have the strength to get to the locker room". With them a whole city: six thousand at the stadium, many others in Prague. All the others to chase away a nightmare that has lasted for 33 years.