Created on 04-11-2008 at 00:00 AM
In two seasons with AC Fiorentina from 2005 to 2007, Luca Toni emerged as one of the sharpest shooters in the world game. He was the leading scorer in Italy and in Europe, and netted 47 goals in 67 league appearances. Bayern visit his former club on Wednesday, but the 2006 World Cup winner will not be there. Toni, absent for the last three matches with bruised ribs, has remained at the Säbener Strasse to work out with fitness coach Oliver Schmidtlein, where he took to the training ground on Tuesday for the first time in two weeks. The 31-year-old spoke to fcbayern.de after the session.
Interview: Luca Toni
fcbayern.de: Luca, you’ve missed out on the trip to Florence. How much does that hurt?
Luca Toni: “Having to stay here is very painful. I really wanted to take part in the match, but I’ve just not recovered fitness in time.“
fcbayern.de: Where will you watch the game?
Luca Toni: “At home with my fiancée. We may have a couple of friends round. My brother will be at the stadium in Florence.“
fcbayern.de: Have you spoken to anyone at Fiorentina recently?
Luca Toni: “The President called me, and I’ve contacted some of the players. On the one hand, they’re happy I’m not playing, but on the other, they’re sorry I won’t be there.“
fcbayern.de: What can Bayern expect at the Stadio Artemio Franchi?
Luca Toni: “There’ll be a cracking atmosphere at the stadium, Florence is a very hard place to go. It’s going to be tough to get a result, but I sense it’ll be a great performance from us.“