Fiorentina coach: There are few players with Cuadrado’s quality
The Colombian scored in the match and the Gigliati will now head home to the Stadio Artemio Franchi for the return leg on August 29, and the coach is confident his side can make it through to group state of the Europe League.
“The squad is mature and I had no doubts that we would not fail,” the coach told Sportmediaset after the match.
“Certainly we didn’t have the 90 minutes in our legs but that is normal. We must earn qualification at home but we are satisfied with this result.
“[Mario] Gomez can improve for his benefit and ours, but at this point of the season we are happy with him. [Giuseppe] Rossi is present, is important and can become even more so for us.
“He is still missing some continuity, obviously, considering his long layoff.
“Cuadrado? There are few players with his characteristics but every now and then I get some joy in joking with him because he can do more defensively.”
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