Sunday May 19 2013
Iachini: 'Viola can count on Siena'

Siena are already relegated, but Beppe Iachini assures “we will play our game” against Milan, which is decisive for the Champions League.

The Rossoneri will be in third place if they win in Siena this evening, but a draw or defeat will mean they depend on Fiorentina’s result in Pescara.

“We will play our game, honouring the championship like the professionals we are,” said the Coach.

“Issues regarding other teams have nothing to do with us, so we will focus exclusively on ourselves.”

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella pledged to learn the Siena anthem off by heart if they managed to stall Milan’s progress.

“We have not felt any outside pressure this week. We trained the same way as usual and that is only right. We will play as a team, aware there is a difference in quality between us and Milan.”

Siena had seemed to be safe for a while, but suffered a series of poor results to secure their relegation, thanks also to a six-point penalty in the betting scandal.

“At the end of the day the penalty proved decisive, especially as it always forced us to seek extra points and push situations that were in the balance. We then paid the price for not finding the goal on too many occasions.

“Unfortunately, towards the end we completely lost confidence after losing that crucial game with Chievo, a match that was decided by a moment of bad luck. Up until that moment, our season had been extraordinary.”

There were reports that Iachini will walk away from Siena after their relegation to Serie B, as he was brought in for Serse Cosmi mid-season.

“I spoke to the club, who showed they appreciated my work despite the final result. There is the possibility we could extend our rapport, but we need to talk about plans for the future next week.

“I get along with everyone here and it’s a shame I arrived in a difficult moment for the club.”

Nicola Pozzi is again unavailable due to injury.

Siena squad for Milan: Farelli, Marini, Pegolo; Angelo, Belmonte, Felipe, Paci, Rubin, Terlizzi, Terzi, Uvini, Vitiello; Agra, Bolzoni, Calello, Della Rocca, Sestu, Valiani, Vergassola, Verre; Bogdani, Emeghara, Paolucci, Rosina

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