Pioli urges Fiorentina to bounce back against Genoa

Pioli urges Fiorentina to bounce back against Genoa

28/12/2018 15:30

Stefano Pioli is expecting a response from his Fiorentina side at Genoa on Saturday after their unexpected 1-0 defeat by Parma on Boxing Day.

"We’re disappointed not to have beaten Parma or at least got a draw," he said. "We failed to take a great chance – we know that. Now we have another opportunity so there’s no time to look backwards or cry about it. All we can do is focus on doing as well as possible tomorrow to improve our league standing."

Pioli will be up against former Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli in the opposing dugout – and he believes the Genoa coach has already had a positive impact on his new team.

"Prandelli has improved them going forward," said Pioli. "They’re more dangerous than they were previously – they get more shots away and attack the box with greater numbers. We’ll need to be alert to the two strikers and keep an eye on runs into the box from the wide players and midfielders because they have good timing and pace."

Pioli dismissed suggestions that his squad’s young average age is what has prevented Fiorentina from achieving consistency this season, but admitted they need to start backing up performances with results.

"Our limitation is that we’ve not been able to secure the results we’ve deserved," he said. "I told the team after the Parma game that we must not have regrets at the end of the season. Right now we do have regrets because we don’t deserve to be where we are in the table. We deserve at least three points more.

"We couldn’t beat Frosinone when the game was in our grasp. We couldn’t even get a draw against Parma after 30 shots on goal, 16 of them from inside the box. That shows we need to improve and quickly. We need to make this season one of opportunities taken, not chances missed and regrets."

Finally, Pioli had his say on the events at San Siro on Wednesday.

"People who do things like that aren’t football fans," he said. "They should be fully condemned. We also need to say enough is enough to other things. You can’t be hearing racist chants at the stadium in 2018 – nearly 2019. The institutions need to intervene and put in rules. And then we need to stick rigidly to the rules."

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