Sunday August 17 2014
Montella hails victory over Real Madrid

Vincenzo Montella celebrated Fiorentina’s win over Real Madrid and mocked Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

The Viola fought back from an early Cristiano Ronaldo counter-attack to beat the Champions of Europe 2-1 in last night’s pre-season friendly.

“It was a good game, albeit with a traumatic start,” the Coach told Radio Blu.

“We could’ve done better in certain ways, but it was a good performance and we played on a par with Real Madrid.

“We’re happy with the result and the way the match progressed. We’re in good physical shape, the squad has clear character, but we can do better.

“It’s always a pleasure to win a game like this, but it’s also true that a friendly result only counts to a certain degree.”

Montella can be boosted by the fact Fiorentina won without Giuseppe Rossi, Facundo Roncaglia or Cuadrado.

The Colombian was left behind for the trip to Warsaw and Montella said it’s because he’ll be suspended for their Serie A opener against Roma on August 30.

“He’s banned and once again he didn’t know about it. His mind is elsewhere. He trains and has fun, that’s just what he’s like.”

The reference was to the Coppa Italia, when Cuadrado picked up a pointless last-minute booking in the semi-final that ruled him out of the Final.

The Colombian had no idea he was one card away from suspension until his teammates told him after the game.

Cuadrado is at the centre of a bidding war between Manchester United and Barcelona, so naturally Montella was asked about Fiorentina’s transfer strategy.

“I have already said the areas we need to improve. My ideas are clear and shared with the club.”