Pioli delighted with Fiorentina result

Pioli delighted with Fiorentina result

26/10/2017 01:11

Stefano Pioli lauded his side’s performance as they defeated Torino 3-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Wednesday night.

"We played as a team throughout, stayed compact and looked to get forward," said the Viola coach, speaking in his post-match press conference. "The game was trickier than the scoreline suggests, but I think we deserved it given our consistency and the confidence we showed in staying true to our playing philosophy. I’m really happy.

"The only mistake we made tonight was for [M’Baye] Niang’s chance when he hit the crossbar. We were well positioned in defence but made a mistake in bringing the ball out, so we need to improve in those situations."

The win over Torino sees Fiorentina move up into seventh place on 16 points.

"It’s a result that gives our league standing a real boost," said Pioli. "We knew this was going to be a big week in terms of picking up points, because before tonight we were still a bit behind. That said, the week isn’t over until next Sunday, when we have a tough away match. We need to stay focused."

Pioli believes his team are growing with ever game after a mixed start to the season.

"The more matches we play, the more confident the team becomes," he said. "They know what we’re capable of and they know the way we play football. They’re aware of the difficulties that any game in this league can bring. I think we’re more well prepared to deal with those problems – that’s where we’ve made progress.

"In the past we’ve lost our balance and got scared at the first sign of difficulty, but of course when you win it gives you more confidence and positivity. There are always going to be difficult moments in matches – there are no easy games so you need to stay focused and show character. I think we’re coming on in leaps and bounds in that regard."

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