Paulo Sousa felt “individual errors cost us” as Fiorentina fell 2-1 to Napoli, “but I am happy with the performance.”
The Viola could lose the top of the Serie A table after this setback at the Stadio San Paolo.
“Unfortunately, individual errors cost us, but I am proud of the lads for their performance,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“Napoli are a very tough opponent and playing at the San Paolo is never easy for anybody. The ball also bounced in a strange way off the turf and it was surprisingly humid for October.
“The lads did well, they tried to win and after the equaliser pushed forward for a second goal. I am happy with the performance.”
Fiorentina complained of a possible foul in the build-up to Gonzalo Higuain’s winning goal.
“I was on the touchline and I think initially there was contact. In such a difficult game, with a high tactical and technical level, I think the referee did very well. Everyone can make tiny mistakes, that’s only natural.”
Sousa was asked why Josip Ilicic did not start the big match.
“He struggled on international duty and didn’t look sharp when he returned. I tried to understand the situation, Federico Bernardeschi was important at the start and immediately had a good chance. He then lacked sharpness as time wore on, so Ilicic was introduced.
“Now going forward we must correct our mistakes quickly. Napoli have quality and Pepe Reina did well to avoid conceding more goals today.”