Saturday February 9 2019
Pioli: 'Fiorentina showed courage'

Stefano Pioli felt Fiorentina showed “courage and held out for a positive result” against Napoli even amid numerous setbacks.

The Viola had goalkeeper Alban Lafont to thank for a series of stunning saves and were essentially down to 10 men in the final minutes with German Pezzella limping badly.

“We had courage and accepted a one-on-one situation with Napoli, who are among the strongest sides in Serie A,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia following a 0-0 draw.

“We never gave in and even under a lot of pressure, with players missing and losing others during the match, we held out for a positive result.

“The objective in our minds is to improve upon last season, so we have to work hard. There are several teams that have strengthened this term in a bid for European football and who have a lot more revenue than us.

“We’ve been playing every game as if it’s a final and today put Alex Meret under a lot of pressure with our two forwards.

“The only regret I have is that we didn’t show enough confidence in possession, but we are learning to control certain situations.”

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