Juan Guillermo Cuadrado had mixed emotions after sending Fiorentina to the Coppa Italia Final, as he’ll be suspended.
The Colombian scored with a scorching strike in off the underside of the bar, sealing a 2-0 second leg victory that eliminated Udinese 3-2 on aggregate.
“This is a joy we deserved over the last year and a half. The city deserves the Final too and I’m happy to have scored the goal,” Cuadrado told Rai Sport.
“I am also sad, as they just told me I was on a yellow card and will be suspended for the Final. Unfortunately, that’s football, but I did really want to play the Final.”
Goalkeeper Neto needed some desperate late saves to keep Fiorentina in front, as conceding in stoppages would’ve forced extra time.
“We played a great game against an excellent side like Udinese. Today we saw Neto is in great shape and I am very happy for him, as when he didn’t have a great start to the season he was criticised, but the fans were singing his name tonight. I hope it’ll help him grow.”
Cuadrado is still co-owned by Udinese and was asked whether he will still be at the Stadio Franchi next season.
“I am very happy to be here with this team and am focusing on the present, which is Fiorentina.”
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