Iachini: "We’re disappointed because we should have wrapped it up"

Iachini: "We’re disappointed because we should have wrapped it up"

28/06/2020 11:05

Beppe Iachini confirmed the feeling of disappointment around the Fiorentina camp as he spoke to the media following the Viola’s 2-1 defeat to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday night.

“We’re very disappointed because the team did well in terms of the way it moved the ball and built the play,” he said after the Week 28 Serie A clash. “Our mentality was about attacking and trying to score goals. We’re working on that and we need to improve the way we take our chances, because that’s an important aspect.”

Fiorentina were left aggrieved after the game swung on a disputed Lazio penalty midway through the second half, but Iachini was keen to highlight his team’s impressive performance rather than dwelling on the controversy.

“I prefer not to speak about the refereeing decisions,” said the Viola coach. “I don’t want to pass judgement on those things because they’re things that happen on the pitch. Unfortunately they went against us this time in terms of the result, given what the team produced. I prefer to speak about the team and its performance – we showed personality and took the game to them. We played to win, to score goals. We weren’t satisfied with 1-0 – we wanted to score the second goal. We showed the right mentality but we weren’t able to go 2-0 or 2-1 up – that meant the game was always in the balance and Lazio did well to capitalise on the two chances they had. That ended up penalising us much more than the lads’ performance deserved.”

Iachini was determined to take the positives, stressing that on another day Fiorentina might have got the three points at the Olimpico.

“All we were lacking was a bit of luck and a bit more of a clinical streak,” he said. “As I’ve said, had we gone 2-0 up, the match would have been even more difficult for Lazio. They’re a quality side who have lots of shots on goal and have scored many goals this season, but we gave them very few chances today. It would have been difficult to do more. Sadly they were able to capitalise on a loose ball and a penalty. We’re disappointed but let’s look to the future because that’s the way we want to play.”

There was also praise from Iachini for Franck Ribery, who capped an eye-catching performance with a stunning solo effort in the first half.

“Ribery is an important player for us,” he said. “I’ve never been able to have him available but he’s come back in and had trained well and prepared properly. He’ll certainly give us a boost during the run-in. Obviously he can’t always manage 90 minutes, but I hate bringing him off because he’s the type of player you always want to have on the pitch. His personality and the quality he brings the team in terms of the play are massive.”

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