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Sunday October 28 2012
Montella shrugs off controversy

Vincenzo Montella hailed Ruben Olivera for stepping into David Pizarro’s shoes, but refused to comment on the refereeing controversy.

Fiorentina beat Lazio 2-0 this afternoon, but only after Stefano Mauri had a perfectly good goal disallowed.

“I don’t think our complaints about referees last week influenced today’s decisions. We only noted something and did not go over the line. These are incidents that can happen. They often happen the other way and we do not protest.

“Today Adem Ljajic had a great game. He has enormous talent and just needs to keep maturing. He has to prove this quality throughout the season,” said the Coach.

“This is a great victory against a very strong team. Around five or six minutes into the second half, we suffered too much under Lazio’s pressure. We have to figure out why we went so deep.

“You could read it the other way, of course, which is that the team remained solid and then finished off the win in the later stages.”

Fiorentina missed their second penalty of the season, as Stevan Jovetic left the duties to Mati Fernandez today and he hit the post.

“Jovetic remains the first choice penalty taker, but today he was generous and left it to Fernandez. It was a matter of centimetres, so these things can happen.

“I was most impressed by Olivera, because I tried him in front of the defence and he is showing great versatility.”

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