Vincenzo Montella praised Fiorentina for their “humility and respect” in beating Esbjerg 3-1.
The first leg result in Denmark puts the Viola with one foot in the Europa League Round of 16.
“The team has never betrayed me after a defeat,” he told Sky Sport Italia referring to Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Inter.
“We went on to the field with humility, respecting our opponents and putting in a good performance, particularly in the first half.
“We could’ve scored a few more goals, but we were also a little too exposed. I am happy with this victory.”
Alberto Aquilani converted a penalty and earned particular praise from his Coach.
“I liked the way he played more than on other occasions, especially off the ball. He is improving.”
If Fiorentina go through, they’ll face either Juventus or Trabzonspor in the next round.
“We must earn qualification first and only then think about Juventus, even if it would be a fascinating game,” smiled Montella.
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