Montella praises Fiorentina mentality despite Brescia draw

Vincenzo Montella was pleased with the way his side kept pushing for the breakthrough against a well-organised Brescia team on Monday night as the Viola were made to settle for a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti.

“We need to keep working but that’s always the case,” said Montella, speaking in his post-match press conference. “We certainly need to improve our finishing if we want to stay near the top of the table, which I gather is looking better now, even if I’ve not seen it. We need to keep working but I was impressed by the team’s mentality tonight, including at the end there. We showed we could wait for the right moment to force the game.

“I think we had more than Brescia, including from a physical perspective: when you have more of the ball your force your opponents to run more. I don’t know whether that was the case but it was the mentality that I was most pleased with: the players stayed in the game right until the end.”
Montella acknowledged that Brescia’s style made it difficult for Fiorentina to reproduce some of the scintillating football we’ve seen from the Viola in recent weeks.
“We were very solid but we lacked some vibrancy, partly due to the fact that Brescia prevent you from playing your game,” he said. “They’re well organised and get numbers around the ball. Every team has found it tough here because they prevent you from playing good football. We found it tough going at the start, up until the disallowed goal – it wasn’t a penalty on [Martin] Caceres either. The referee did very well so credit to him.”
The Viola boss admitted that Fiorentina had the chance to win the game in the final stages at the Rigamonti, calling for a more clinical streak from his side in the future.
“I think we could have been a bit better in terms of our decision-making when we got to the byline, because we’d identified that as a possible weakness,” he said. “We tried to force by bringing on [Riccardo] Sottil, who had a very big impact. If we’d been a bit more clinical, perhaps we would have been able to take better advantage of those situations and maybe win the game. We had the better of it in the last ten to 15 minutes and we could have made that pay.”

Published: Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:57:00 +0200

Source: Fiorentina Official website