Sunday May 4 2014
Montella: 'A sad spectacle'

Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella warned more stars will want to leave Italy after the chaotic Coppa Italia scenes.

Last night’s Final in Rome was delayed by 45 minutes amid rumours a Neapolitan shot in the chest earlier had died.

The game was only given the go-ahead after intense negotiations between Napoli captain Marek Hamsik, the authorities and the ultras leaders, when police released a statement noting the fan was still alive and the shooting likely unrelated to the match.

It eventually started and Napoli went on to beat Fiorentina 3-1.

“Do I have any regrets? Yes, not being able to enjoy the emotion of the Final because of what happened before the game,” said Montella in his Press conference.

“Unfortunately this is what our football is like. There is incredulity at the situation. This way we’ll lose many more players, as it’s only normal they will seek other paths.

“It certainly could’ve been a better day of sport. There was everything needed to offer a different spectacle.”

As for the football itself, Lorenzo Insigne’s early brace gave Napoli a 2-0 lead and it took a good 25 minutes for Fiorentina to get into gear.

“After a traumatic start the team put in the performance it had to. The game was played on an even keel and at the end any result could’ve emerged.”

The Viola had the chance to make it 2-2 late on, but Josip Ilicic missed and moments later Dries Mertens added Napoli’s third. Did the game effectively end with the Ilicic error?

“Basically yes,” acknowledged Montella. “It was the 90th minute, but goals can be scored or missed at any time. Pepe Reina did well to narrow the angle.”

There was some good news for the Tuscans, as Giuseppe Rossi made his comeback four months after damaging knee ligaments.

“He is in good shape, but just needs to find match fitness. He went into a challenge straight away and that was very positive, as it means he is not afraid. Now he just needs to play.

“I put out the team I thought could give me the most guarantees and I think the performance shows we gave it our all. I want to thank our fans for their support and for being so close to us.”

Montella is from Naples, so was asked whether he could sit on the Napoli bench in future.

“You can’t think about these things. At this moment I am happy and proud to be the Coach of Fiorentina.”

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