Montella: Fiorentina’s lack of experience showed in draw against Parma
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was disappointed after his team’s 2-2 draw against Parma on Monday in Serie A, stating their lack of experience came through.
Despite trailing 1-0, goals from Gonzalo Rodriguez and Juan Vargas set the Viola on the path of victory before sloppy defensive play allowed Massimo Gobbi to equalise for Parma in the dying seconds.
“There is great bitterness, as overall the game had so many different phases,” Montella told Sky Sport.
“In the first half we didn’t do well, partly down to the great work of Parma, while I saw a different Fiorentina after the break.
“We had a different tempo and style, which is why we deservedly went in front.
“It takes experience to bring home these matches. We tried to keep knocking the door down when we should’ve been patient and a few seconds from the final whistle we conceded a goal.
“You could say Fiorentina deserved the win, but Parma brought home the draw, which perhaps they too deserved.”
Montella expressed concern about how Monday night’s disappointment will affect his players ahead of Thursday’s visit to Ukranian side Dnipro in the Europa League.
“The difficulty is now, as when you rediscover something that you thought you deserved, it’s hard to maintain the same level of motivation.”
Fiorentina, who now sit fifth in the table – five points between Juventus and Napoli, and seven behind leaders Roma – suffered another blow against Parma when in-form forward Giuseppe Rossi was forced off the field in the first half.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet, but we’ll run the tests tomorrow and see,” Montella said.
“It’s a shame, as he was in great shape. I was already thinking of not taking him to Ukraine against Dnipro in the Europa League, but now that decision has been forced upon me.”