CM0102 | Fiorentina – Season 2
The transfer window following the first season was meticulously executed to ensure that the best available talent was brought in, while not threatening the newly solvent balance sheet or cashflow. In this window some of the stellar performers in CM01/02 were signed, and in some cases relatively inexpensively. The likes of the mighty San Marino trio of Moroni, Gasperoni and Della Valle were brought in to strengthen the right wing and central defence, Bergstrom for the left wing, and the exceptional Tsigalko to sit behind the two forwards.
The outlay was almost entirely fully funded by departures from the club, most notably Angelo Di Livio and Taribo West. With the former a last opportunity was taken to both cash in and relieve the wage bill, and our hand was force in the latter by the fee and destination.
As a result the second season was a breeze in the park in comparison to the first, Fiorentina demolishing all they came across, winning the league early and convincingly, and undefeated. We also rapped up the Serie C Cup again with a convincing two leg victory over Bari, and also the Serie C1 Super Cup against Crotone. Topping the league we avoided the play offs for the second season in a row.
The summer signings performed well too. Tsigalko sweeping all before him on his way to player of the year and golden boot awards, with Kristian Bergstrom getting closest to him, and creating an enviable number of assists along the way.
Season 2002/3 was a breeze.