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Thursday November 3 2011
Sorrentino demands Chievo reaction

Stefano Sorrentino has demanded a reaction from his Chievo teammates this weekend against Fiorentina after last weekend's humiliation in Siena.

The goalkeeper conceded four goals last weekend for the first time in eight-and-a-half months as Chievo were soundly beaten by Giuseppe Sannino's men.

In an interview with L'Arena, the 32-year-old refused to hold back in confirming the widespread belief that this was one of the worst performances from the club in recent months.

"I was angry like everyone else, those who are friends, fans and anyone else that wants Chievo to do well.

"Unfortunately we had a bad day. I hope it will be the last of the season. Hopefully we'll archive it as soon as possible.

"We completely screwed up. It is useless to look for alibis or excuses. After a performance like that we are indefensible.

"It needs to be remembered as our mistake. We now need to forget it and show what Chievo really are."

The Mussi Volanti have an opportunity to bounce back this weekend in front of their own fans as Fiorentina visit the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Sorrentino reflected Mimmo Di Carlo's continued message this season that belief is as key as work-rate on the pitch.

"We have to show character, pride. We messed up on our own and it is in these moments that everyone should learn to take responsibility.

"Especially those within the dressing room, we can become a reference for all. If all goes well on Sunday then it will be with a different Chievo.

"We know how to get out. The group is aware and that is both those who have just arrived and those who have lived with Chievo for a long time.

"In Siena you did not see a single challenge and it all went wrong. We will make sure that doesn't happen again."

Sorrentino interestingly also chose to support the notion that there is a language barrier between players at the moment.

"I've played abroad in Greece and in the first year I found the same problems as those who have arrived at Chievo this year are finding.

"Surely it is not easy. It is not enough to have 10 lessons to learn Italian. The good thing is that they are all applying themselves.

"On the field at times just a shout or a warning would also help. But with time this will become their environment."

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