Prandelli: ‘Fiorentina didn’t deserve defeat’

Cesare Prandelli was left to curse Fiorentina’s luck after a 2-1 home defat to Roma. ‘This is another game we did not deserve to lose.’

Leonardo Spinazzola bizarrely scored both the opening goal and the equaliser, before VAR ruled Amadou Diawara’s late winner was not offside.

“We conceded another goal by a millimetre, this is the third, having seen two goals disallowed by millimetres,” Prandelli told Sky Sport Italia.

“We worked hard, took a strong approach, but clearly you need to be far more alert, determined and concentrated in the final minutes.

“This is another game we did not deserve to lose, but that’s the reality of the situation. We can’t cry over spilt milk. We need to take the positives and try to move on.

“Igor and Gaetano Castrovilli both got injured, Erick Pulgar then asked to come off, so things are piling up a bit. We’re not fortunate. Franck Ribery was injured only a few days ago, so I couldn’t risk anything more.

“I must try to get the best out of my players, put them in the positions that most suit their characteristics, and I don’t necessarily have many alternatives in similar roles.

“Quality is all well and good, it’s necessary, but even more so is hard work. We need more workers all over the pitch.”

There were emotional scenes at the Stadio Franchi, but also all over Serie A, where at the 13th minute today play stopped to remember Davide Astori.

The Fiorentina captain died three years ago tomorrow, suddenly in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition.

“It’s impossible not to remember a person who always showed not just his professionalism, but also his abilities as a silent leader.

“I remember once I was in Florence, a car stopped right in front of me and I didn’t know what was going on. He got out and introduced me to his daughter. His eyes were full of joy. His memory lives forever with us.”

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Fonseca saw ‘good Roma attitude’

Paulo Fonseca saw ‘a great attitude and team spirit’ after Roma won 2-1 away to Fiorentina, reacting to recent setbacks.

Leonardo Spinazzola curiously both opened the scoring for the Giallorossi and accidentally got the equaliser with an own goal.

“It was a difficult match, we won largely due to the excellent second half performance,” Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.

“We had other opportunities and were solid defensively. It was very important that we get the win this evening.

“After the defeat to Milan, the team reacted well. It’s important for us to understand what we need to improve and how we must react to setbacks.

“It was a great attitude and team spirit this evening. I think we won an important match for us. It’s true we have made mistakes against the big clubs, there’s always something missing, but we have to work on those elements.”

The decisive goal was scored late on by Amadou Diawara, even if it had initially been flagged offside.

“Diawara had been out for a long time, then Gonzalo Villar was doing well, so it was difficult to find playing time,” continued Fonseca.

“Diawara came back in the Europa League and he played really well today, not just because of the goal, but his overall performance. I am glad to have this extra option if he is in good shape.”

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Prandelli: ‘Commisso very, very angry’

Cesare Prandelli admits Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso was ‘disappointed and very, very angry’ ahead of their match with Roma.

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The mood in the Viola camp is downbeat after a 1-0 defeat to Udinese left them in the danger zone.

“In football, every three days we seem to go from a paradoxical situation to a rebirth and back again,” complained Prandelli in his press conference.

“Now we need to be clear and honest. The owners are investing, planning, and cannot do more than that. I spoke to the President, he was very disappointed and very, very angry. We shared certain ideas and agreed the team needs to give more and it’s my responsibility to improve this squad. He has not lost his enthusiasm, though.

“We are facing Roma tomorrow, we must not go into it thinking we are some sacrificial lamb. We have to overcome difficulties and not just accept them.

“We made a few too many mistakes lately and we need to fight to the final whistle, on every ball. This is our reality, we have to believe in ourselves.

“There is respect for Roma, but not fear. Even the biggest clubs can drop points in any fixture. Roma will take the initiative tomorrow, we mustn’t be presumptuous about that. We just need the determination to score when we have the chance.”

When Prandelli was asked about Roma coach Paulo Fonseca following the home defeat to Milan, he was again critical of media pressure.

“This coach is quietly doing great things and going along his own path. He adapted to the characteristics of his players and has them well-organised.”

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