Tuesday October 25 2011
Miha: 'Juve thumped us'

Sinisa Mihajlovic did not spare Fiorentina criticism. “The first half wasn't a game. Juventus thumped us.”

The Viola went in at the break only 1-0 down despite the domination and were able to equalise with Stevan Jovetic before Alessandro Matri secured the 2-1 result.

“The first half wasn't a game. Juventus thumped us and could've gone in 3-0 up, but thankfully that didn't happen,” confessed the Coach.

“We were scared and lacked character, which is something you pay for in certain arenas. We did play better in the second half and had another spirit, knowing we had nothing to lose.

“I can only compliment Juventus, who deserved the victory, but we must have regrets about throwing away the opening 45 minutes.”

The match changed when Alberto Gilardino was introduced in place of Alessio Cerci.

“Gilardino did make us more dangerous, but he wasn't 100 per cent fit, as he hasn't really played in a month. Unfortunately we have several players out of shape, like Juan Manuel Vargas and Houssine Kharja. I wish we had 11 Valon Behramis to send on to the field.

“Tactical systems count up to a point, but what really matters is your mentality and desire to win.”

Fiorentina fans had already called for Mihajlovic to be sacked before this defeat to their arch rivals, so the pressure is building.

“I go forward along my path without letting myself get affected by certain criticism and insults.”

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