Fiorentina Coach Delio Rossi said he will “always thank” Palermo, although he feels his team deserved more today, including a penalty.
The tactician was visibly moved when he made his return to the Stadio Barbera and was granted a warm welcome from his old fans.
“I will always thank President Maurizio Zamparini for giving me the opportunity to work in Palermo, a city that has always shown me great respect,” he said.
“I didn’t meet him today, no. We have different interpretations of what it means to be a Coach.”
Rossi has been in charge of Fiorentina for three games now and this was his first defeat, falling 2-0 in Sicily.
“We conceded against the run of play and made a big mistake on Fabrizio Miccoli’s goal. There is a lot of work to be done, though we did do some good things and perhaps deserved more from this game.”
The Viola had penalty appeals for a Matias Silvestre handling offence in the box.
“The referee evaluated this in a different way. At this moment we’re lacking a little bit of luck.
“Can we recover the situation? Obviously, otherwise why would I have come here? There are strong foundations and I am not a Coach who is just passing through. I’ll try to bring Fiorentina back to where they belong.”
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