Sunday May 19 2013
Montella: 'Proud of Viola'

Vincenzo Montella insists there are “no regrets” after Fiorentina saw third place disappear in the final minutes.

The Viola needed to beat Pescara, which they did 5-1, and hope Milan failed to get all three points in Siena.

The Rossoneri had been trailing 1-0 until the final six minutes, when Mario Balotelli converted a soft penalty and Philippe Mexes tapped in the winner.

“After 30 minutes we had already put the result under lock and key, so we were waiting to hear news from the other stadiums,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.

“Do we feel bitter? No, we should be calm and proud, as we tried and believed right to the end. We ought to be proud that we pushed Milan to the finish line and forced them into this last-gasp result.

“It was a duel that everyone enjoyed, so I compliment Milan and Massimiliano Allegri, who fought back brilliantly. We have no regrets.”

When asked what the difference was between Fiorentina and Milan, Montella made a pointed statement.

“Milan were better at taking penalties. We missed some decisive ones along the way… The team had an extraordinary season and when we slipped up, we always got back on our feet.

“I don’t know what our targets are next season, but I don’t think there should be disappointment tonight.”

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