Vincenzo Montella refused to blame the referee after Fiorentina’s defeat to Napoli. “I told the team not to act like victims.”
The Viola were beaten 2-1 at home with Juan Cuadrado sent off for simulation in stoppages when he was clearly kicked by Gokhan Inler.
Not only were Fiorentina denied a penalty, but Cuadrado will also be suspended for Saturday’s showdown with Milan.
“It’s a shame, but if we just focus on one incident then we ignore a great performance from Fiorentina,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.
“I am extremely satisfied with the way we played, the fact we pinned Napoli back and forced them to focus only on counter-attacks.
“We knew they were good at counters and they were better than us in those instances. We didn’t make mistakes as such and must credit our opponents with their talents.
“I told the team they mustn’t act like victims, but instead realise this is the path we must keep going on in order to find success.
“We had several chances and the fact we put this Napoli on the ropes means we have a lot of quality. We mustn’t just look at the result, as this was over 95 minutes probably Fiorentina’s best performance of the season.
“Mario Gomez will almost certainly be back after the break for international duty. He is a player who is beyond the norm, so we hope he gets back soon.
“At the same time, we have the current Capocannoniere Giuseppe Rossi, so the team is doing very well even without him.”