Benassi admits performance not good enough for Fiorentina

Benassi admits performance not good enough for Fiorentina

29/10/2017 19:35

Marco Benassi made no excuses after Fiorentina slipped to a galling 2-1 defeat at Crotone on Sunday afternoon.

"We weren’t good enough for Fiorentina today," said the midfielder, speaking after the final whistle. "We need to be playing with intensity and quality – that’s how we’re set up to play. Crotone did well to force us to play their game rather than ours. We deserved to lose so we need to analyse it and bounce back as soon as possible.

"We knew what kind of match to expect, but we wanted to play our game. In truth we weren’t able to do that much at all – we were more focused on playing their way and obviously they got the win. We knew that home points are vital to their hopes of staying up this season so we expected a strong start from them. We weren’t able to recover and play our game."

Benassi rejected suggestions that Fiorentina had collapsed mentally at the Stadio Ezio Scida.

"I don’t think it’s a mental thing," he said. "We were coming off the back of three consecutive wins so we at least needed to come here and try to play. You can get beat but at least stay true to your identity. We lost today and we didn’t play like Fiorentina – that’s the worst thing. We’re disappointed because we wanted to keep the winning run going. It was a blip and we need to go again from Sunday."

The midfielder urged his team-mates to learn from the defeat and concentrate on bouncing back when Roma visit the Franchi next Sunday.

"We need to analyse this game but then we need to forget about it and focus on the next match," he said. "It’ll be a tough one because Roma are showing how good they are and the table confirms that. We’ll do everything we can to produce a good performance and try to pick up some points.

"We just need to take it game by game – you can’t predict anything in October. We work hard every day to try and pick up points and then we’ll see where we’re at later on."

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