Thursday March 13 2014
Borja Valero: 'Fantastic Fiorentina!'

Borja Valero said Fiorentina were “fantastic” to fight back from a goal after three minutes to draw at Juventus.

Arturo Vidal had opened the scoring almost immediately, but Mario Gomez came off the bench to earn a late 1-1 result in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16.

“Considering the way the game went with that early goal, I’d say we were fantastic,” Borja Valero told Sky Sport Italia.

“We played our game with the ball and in the end got that goal that will be fundamental in the second leg.

“We weren’t set out well defensively at the start and Juve came out fighting, but after the goal we had the courage to take control of the ball in a very difficult stadium to play in.”

With the away goal and a draw, Fiorentina can go through even with a 0-0 at the Stadio Franchi next Thursday.

“The draw won’t change anything, as we always play the same way and will try to win in the second leg.”

It was Gomez’s first goal since his comeback from five months out with a knee injury, as he hadn’t scored since September 1.

“The goal above all is important for Mario, as he has been out for such a long time and will gain confidence from it.”