Vincenzo Montella has to concede “Cagliari were superior in every way” after his Fiorentina were flattened 5-2. “We didn’t wake up until 5-0 down.”
Only a late brace from young striker Dusan Vlahovic, his debut Serie A goals, prevented it being an even heavier result at the Sardegna Arena.
“There’s no much to say, really,” shrugged the coach on DAZN.
“Cagliari were superior in every way, tactically, physically, psychologically and above all – which is the real problem – temperamentally.
“We were too soft in every challenge and didn’t wake up until after we went 5-0 down. The only positive was the late Vlahovic brace, which was probably because by that stage we were no longer under any pressure to get a result.
“I had been waiting since last season for Vlahovic to score this goal and he finally shrugged off that pressure, towards the end putting in the kind of performance I expect from someone with his potential.
“It’s a very young squad, we know that, and there are the issues that go with that lack of experience. We were not mentally at 100 per cent, we made big mistakes all over the pitch.”
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