Pioli laments Fiorentina mistakes

Pioli laments Fiorentina mistakes

05/11/2017 19:19

Stefano Pioli admitted his side had been made to pay for their own mistakes after they slipped to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Roma at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday afternoon.

The Fiorentina boss also called for his team to maintain their concentration for the entire game after a second-half lull allowed Roma to run away with the game.

"We gave it everything but that’s completely normal. I’m angry because we were in the game despite the fact that we made mistakes in the first half which allowed them to score," he said, speaking at his post-match press conference. "Our positioning and use of possession were wrong for their second goal – we needed to be more alert and more decisive. I’m annoyed about the way we started the second half, because that’s where the game changed – we gifted them a corner.

"A match lasts 90 minutes so our focus needs to be spot on for the duration especially when you know you’re up against a team that has won 11 straight games on the road, hasn’t conceded in four or five games and is one of the top sides in the league. We can’t afford to let our focus drop like that – we lost the ball twice and that shouldn’t have happened. We had the chances to go ahead and also to equalise at 3-3, but we needed to keep our heads in the game. We need to learn from it. This is a young team, a new team, but we need to do better."

Pioli admitted that the mistakes had undermined an exciting attacking performance from the Viola.

"We showed that we have the attacking quality to cause problems for a defence that hasn’t conceded many goals at all," he said. "We created lots of chances but we weren’t compact enough and our focus wasn’t high enough at times. We paid for that against a team of the standard of Roma.

"We won the ball in their box on a number of occasions and created dangerous chances, but we paid the price today. If you lose the ball like that against these teams, they have the quality to punish you."

The Viola pointed out that three of the four Roma goals stemmed directly from Fiorentina mistakes.

"The worst thing today is that we conceded three goals from us giving the ball away, though in truth for the second one it was a ball forward from [Giovanni] Simeone and you can accept losing it that close to their box," he said. "The other one came from a set piece. We didn’t give each other enough options on the ball and that meant we couldn’t get out of the Roma press. We left ourselves open but our movement wasn’t good enough to help the person in possession. Those mistakes are risky."

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