Saturday April 7 2012
Rossi: 'Fiorentina had nothing to lose'

Delio Rossi believes Fiorentina “felt more psychologically free because we had nothing to lose” when shocking Milan at San Siro.

The Viola were without a win in over a month and hadn’t conquered this stadium since 2001, but Amauri struck late on for a surprise 2-1 victory.

“Yesterday in the press conference someone asked what on earth we were going to do in Milan, but I go to play games and look for the result,” smiled Rossi.

“I saw a good performance and perhaps we felt more psychologically free because we had nothing to lose. I am happy for the lads, the directors and the fans. It was an important match and I only wish we’d played this way more often.”

It had started badly, as Maxi Lopez received a highly dubious penalty for a shirt-tug in the first half.

“You come here and play a good game, then go behind to a penalty like that… My players did very well, because a blow like that is enough to kill an elephant, especially as news filtered through that all the teams behind us in the table were winning.

“The club and fans deserve more than this situation. The Della Valle brothers have always been close to us and never abandoned the team, even when we were indefensible.

“Can this result change the Scudetto race? As far as we are concerned, the only important thing about it was breaking away from the relegation zone.”