Vincenzo Montella refused to criticise his Fiorentina side’s effort as they were beaten 1-0 by Hellas Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t think it was a high-quality game today,” he said after the game. “We put the effort in and kept showing that we didn’t want to lose right until the end. Verona were better than us at times. They’ve caused every team they’ve played so far problems, so I wasn’t expecting anything different today. I expected a higher standard, but I think the team responded in the right way in terms of the effort.”
Montella singled out Sebastian Cristoforo for praise after the Uruguayan came back into the Viola midfield after a long spell out of the team.
“I want to give credit to Cristoforo, because he has not played much football at all,” he said. “He left every drop of sweat out there so I want to congratulate him because it was quite possible that we wouldn’t have been able to give 100% today because he hadn’t played for so long.”
There were a smattering of boos from the travelling fans at the end of the game, with Montella acknowledging that nobody wants to see the Viola lose.
“I heard them and I understand them,” he said. “They cheered us on all game and have done all season so I think they are entitled to express their dissatisfaction in such a civil way. We’ll do everything to give them back that enthusiasm that only wins can create. Nobody likes losing, but we’ve produced seven or eight top performances this season and nobody was expecting that.”
Published: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:33:00 +0100
Source: Fiorentina Official website en.violachannel.tv