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Egypt's Salah eyes Champions League with Fiorentina

Salah hails Fiorentina fans, promises to fight with his teammates to reach the Champions League next season

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Mar 2015
Fiorentina' Mohamed Salah, center, scores a goal during an Italian Cup semifinal first leg soccer match between Juventus and Fiorentina, at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Thursday, March 5, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Egypt winger Mohamed Salah says Fiorentina will fight to reach the Champions League next season, adding that he is enjoying the people's soccer passion in Italy.

The 22-year-old attacker has produced a string of scintillating displays since his arrival last month on loan from Chelsea, scoring six goals in seven appearances on all fronts: three goals in Serie A, one in the Europa League, and two in Italian Cup play.

“The people are fantastic here,” Salah told Sport Mediaset.

“Every day I can feel their affection in the street, they are all in love with Fiorentina and thank me for the goals."

Salah joined Fiorentina on loan from English Premier League leaders Chelsea in January until the end of the season after failing to book a regular place in the Blues' squad under coach Jose Mourinho.

His latest superb performance was on Friday when he scored twice in the 2-0 win over heavyweights Juventus in the Italian Cup.

“I tell Fiorentina fans that we will fight to the end for our objectives, because we want to win," added the Pharaohs star.

“Everyone wants to get into the Champions League and it’ll be a fight to the last game, but we’ll do everything to achieve this objective.

“It was wonderful to score against Tottenham in the Europa League, but getting the decisive goal against Inter was exceptional.

“That was a fundamental victory that allowed us to close in third place. That is what we want, to climb the table, leapfrog Napoli and secure a Champions League spot.

“We promise the fans that we will fight hard for this," he concluded.

It was not just the Juventus management who were impressed by Salah’s recent performance. The Italian sports press were also impressed. Headlines included: "Salah conquers Juve" in Corriere dello Sport, while Panorama called him "The Egyptian Messi."

La Gazzetta dello Sport also devoted an article to Salah, under the headline: "Salah, 6 goals in 7 games: Mourinho gave a phenomenon to Fiorentina."

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