Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini has blasted the local media for the way he has been treated this season.

"I don't have it in for the fans, but for another part of the football world that have changed their opinion of me in recent months," he explained.

"I take responsibility for my form and I have been strengthened by the critics, but I am a different Pazzini to the man I used to be and I will go forward from here.

"I am training at my best so I need to prove myself on the pitch not for the Coach's sake or because there are players competing for my place, but for myself."