Saturday October 22 2011
Miha: 'Take it out on me'

Sinisa Mihajlovic takes responsibility for Fiorentina's struggles. “If the fans have to protest, then take it out on me rather than the team.”

The Viola are without a win in four and were pegged back to a 2-2 home draw by Catania this evening, meaning they were jeered off the pitch.

“If the fans have to protest, then take it out on me rather than the team. The players have to be left alone,” said the under-fire Coach.

“The fans can do anything and have the right to all of that, but I will continue along my path, as this is part of my job. I'm used to it and hope to send my calm vibes to the team.

“I know that in Florence they always want to win, so it's not easy to work in these conditions. I am always in the dock, but I am accustomed to it.”

The pressure is pouring on the Viola ahead of the midweek round against Juventus.

“We play Juventus in three days and have to recuperate. Once again we created many scoring opportunities and didn't finish off the match when in the lead. It's just one of those periods when this happens. Eventually the wind will change.”

Mihajlovic was sent off in the final minutes for shouting and hurling the ball to the ground when asking for a free kick.

“I didn't say anything offensive, but I realise the referee thought it was a very obvious gesture, so the red is understandable.”

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