Vincenzo Montella saw a different Fiorentina after they broke the deadlock with Pacos Ferreira. “We played fine football.”
The Viola made their continental comeback in a 3-0 Europa League victory this evening with Gonzalo Rodriguez, Ryder Matos and Giuseppe Rossi on target.
“Was it tougher than expected? It is Europe, so it couldn’t be simple,” Montella told Mediaset.
“Before the goal we did things wrong, while after breaking the deadlock we played fine football, even if towards half-time we allowed Pacos too much space. The team then showed how practical it was to finish off the match.”
Borja Valero never seems to be rested for the Tuscans, but Montella explained there is a reason for that.
“I think he is so intelligent that he knows how to rest during a game. His training sessions are matches, because he manages to light up so much better in a game situation than in training.
“Matos is an unusual striker, as he can also play wide. He still needs to grow, as he seems a little lazy at times. He needs to stay calm because he has great potential and the confidence of a club and Coach who decided he should remain here this season.”
Fiorentina are among the contenders to reach the Europa League Final at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
“I take things one step at a time. I don’t want to dream, as I am a very realistic person.”
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