• Serie A

Montella begins Fiorentina reign with a draw

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 14: Vincenzo Montella manager of AFC Fiorentina gestures during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Bologna FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 14, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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The new “Fiore” coach Vincenzo Montella led his team to a 0-0 draw with Bologna, and he explained his changes during the game.

Vincenzo Montella was chosen this week as the new Fiorentina coach, and he and his team just drew 0-0 against Bologna in today’s Italian Lega Serie A match.

And after the match, he spoke to the press as quoted by Football Italia.

“I arrived in 2011 on the back of the team securing safety on the last day and found a worse mood at the club. The disappointment is there, but it is up to us to bring the group together with enthusiasm,” Montella said.

“Florence more than other cities has to have the cohesion and strength between the fans and the club, otherwise playing football becomes more difficult.”

He added: “Football is like that, there are those that arrive and those that leave.”

“I liked the attitude. The way we took the field and were able to organize before attacking. We weren’t able to keep it up for the 90 minutes, but the numbers would prove that we were more dangerous. We missed some luck, but I liked our spirit.”

“We have plenty to work on as these players are new to me, but I liked that they were unhappy because they didn’t win at the end,” he continued.

“He didn’t do the same role as Cristiano Biraghi, that isn’t what I asked of him. Chiesa is naturally a wide player and usually does more offensively in a 4-4-2 than he did today, but I wanted to use him in a different role. He can also play as a second striker.”

“We have conceded for eight games in a row and I wanted to start off with a clean sheet, but we also took some risks,” the coach concluded.

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