Montella: “Pleased with the spirit and desire”

Montella: “Pleased with the spirit and desire”

21/04/2019 13:31

Vincenzo Montella hailed Fiorentina’s performance against Juventus on Saturday night as the Viola went down 2-1 at Allianz Stadium despite dominating the game.

“I think the team produced a great performance at a very difficult ground,” said Montella after the match. “I’m really disappointed because it’s a shame to lose like that, especially against a big team. The team created lots of chances with the scores at 1-0 – at times all that was lacking was the final ball. It’s a shame because then Juve obviously grew into it in the second half, though I can’t remember them having any great chances. We could have made it 2-2 at the end if we’d got the rub of the green, too.

“Ultimately, I think we have to be pleased with the performance, the spirit and the desire to keep going until the end. The lads focused on this game only, without looking ahead to our next one, which is massive. From a coach’s perspective, that bodes well.”

Montella called for the Viola to build on this performance ahead of their crunch Coppa Italia semi-final second leg away at Atalanta on Thursday.

“The lads will be more confident and determined,” he said. “We have to try to take our chance against a good side. We owe it to the fans and to the club to go to Bergamo and believe that we can win the game.”

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