Sunday September 18 2016
Sousa: 'Fiorentina earned good luck'

Paulo Sousa claims Fiorentina showed enough “courage to deserve good luck” after their contentious 1-0 win over Roma.

Milan Badelj’s goal should’ve been disallowed, as Nikola Kalinic was in an offside position and jumped to let the ball through.

“The team is improving, above all in the ambition to propose more spectacular football,” Sousa told Mediaset Premium.

“When you play with this courage, you deserve to be lucky. So far we’ve had luck against us when facing strong sides, but the game was balanced and Roma had the same opportunities as us."

Fiorentina have been struggling to score goals this season, but also have the best defence in Serie A with only two conceded.

“We don’t create as many chances as we should because we often get the final ball wrong. We started to control the game towards half-time and then both sides attacked to seek the victory. The tempo went up and therefore we had more misplaced passes.

“We tried to propose more transitions, as the players we have don’t tend to just stand there waiting for crosses. We tried to put more crosses in and they didn’t always go well, often stopping at the first man, but we know that these are not the characteristics we have. We’re trying to create more of those chances anyway to make us more unpredictable.”

Borja Valero had been heavily linked with Roma over the summer, but Fiorentina kept hold of the Spaniard.

“He is a very important player who knows the game well, has charisma on the field and in the locker room. His quality drags us forward, so for every Coach it is important to work with the best.”

Sousa had criticised Federico Bernardeschi during the week, but the Italy international was introduced for the closing stages.

“He looked very good. I knew he didn’t have much physical sharpness at the moment, but he was more positive, attacked the space and will certainly improve to help us this season.”

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