Sunday September 25 2016
Sousa: 'Fiorentina incidents ignored'

Paulo Sousa resented questions on a last-gasp Nenad Tomovic foul and insists Fiorentina “deserved to win” against Milan.

It ended 0-0 at the Stadio Franchi, but both sides had penalty appeals and the Rossoneri were furious in stoppages for a Tomovic foul on Luiz Adriano.

“I do not comment on incidents, but the relevance to the entire game. I think the officials are trying to do their best, errors happen in every game.

“I have been in Italy a long time, so I know the importance that is given to some teams compared to others when you analyse the incidents,” Sousa told Mediaset Premium and Sky Sport Italia.

“Some incidents happen in the Fiorentina area and are not highlighted the same way as for other teams.”

As for the game itself, the Viola had more possession and more scoring opportunities, including a missed Josip Ilicic penalty.

Just before that spot-kick, they also had other penalty appeals for Gabriel Paletta holding Nikola Kalinic down.

“Ilicic started the season well, he is an important player for us and attacks the space with a change of pace. He’ll get over this. After the penalty we continued to control the game and we only really ran risks at the end when we got stretched out.

“We are trying to improve our crosses, the number of players in the box to meet them and know our style of player isn’t really a static centre-forward who waits for the assist. We are trying to improve what we have.

“With Federico Bernardeschi when he moves more internally, we are trying to teach him to always focus on the opposition goal, as he is explosive, can dribble well and has a good shot. He needs better positioning so he can be more effective.

“I saw great determination, grit and hunger to win the game in any way possible. That is the attitude I am after. I asked for more aggression so we could really hurt the opposition and I saw that today.

“My team deserved the victory and did everything it could to find a winner. We must continue maintaining this approach.”

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