Sunday March 9 2014
Montella: 'Unusual first half'

Vincenzo Montella concedes Fiorentina’s first half performance was “unusual” at the Juventus Stadium.

“When you play against Juventus, a lot depends on them. We were very deep in the first half, but despite that Juve didn’t really have that many scoring opportunities,” he told Sky Sport Italia of the 1-0 defeat.

“It wasn’t the game we wanted to play and we were more advanced in the second half with a few chances to equalise. It’s a shame.

“Everyone knows Juve are a very strong side in every aspect, so in all honesty I thought Fiorentina played a very good second half and could’ve equalised.

“The team slowly gained confidence and was under less intense pressure. I am satisfied with the reaction after an unusual first half for us, as we rarely play with that attitude, but we need faith and optimism.”

These teams will face off again on Thursday in the Europa League with the second leg on March 20, but Borja Valero will be available for those ties, as his three-match ban only applies to Serie A.

“We know what awaits us on Thursday and have the chance to have our say using our characteristics.”

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