Monday March 18 2019
Cognigni: Fiorentina look lost

Fiorentina President Mario Cognigni has accused his club of looking ‘lost’ and playing ‘without an identity’ during their 2-1 defeat to Cagliari.

Fiorentina fell eight points behind the Europa League places in Serie A over the weekend, and Cognigni was unflinching in his assessment of the Viola’s performance at Cagliari, while refusing to give Coach Stefano Pioli assurances about his future.

“On Friday I saw a team who were lost, without an identity, incapable of coming forward and completely different to the one I saw at the start of the season,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“That unscrupulousness of youth gave us hope and must give everyone food for thought.

“We’ve agreed that at the end of the season, we’ll analyse everything that’s worked well in the last two years and everything that’s worked less well.

“After that analysis, we’ll draw up guidelines for the future. Talking about [Pioli] now, all of a sudden, with all the media coverage given to him, doesn’t seem very logical to me and runs the unnecessary risk of giving attention to a topic that, right now, isn’t that important, in comparison to the objectives the team are out to reach.

“We hope the international break can give us more balance and, above all, time to reflect. We don’t want to even think about a drop in intensity or concentration levels.”

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