Published On: Tue, Oct 1st, 2013

Montella: Fiorentina’s lack of experience showed in draw against Parma

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Vincenzo Montella's football has proven breathtakingly popular, but could it be Fiorentina's undoing?

Fiorentina coach was disappointed after his team’s 2-2 draw against on Monday in , stating their lack of experience came through.

Despite trailing 1-0, goals from  and  set the Viola on the path of victory before sloppy defensive play allowed 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 in the .

“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 and Napoli, and seven behind leaders – suffered another blow against Parma when in-form forward 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.”

About the Author

Teodor Handarov

- I am a 21-year-old Bulgarian who has been living in the United States for the past eight years. A huge football fan, currently I am attending George Mason University with the aspiration to one day write about the sport and teams I love. My love for Italian football, or football in general, was sparked during Euro 2000. I cried after the final and the name David Trezeguet has been taboo in my house ever since. AS Roma is my favorite football team and a loss - especially by Lazio, especially in a Coppa Italia final - could ruin my day. Totti is my favorite player and a role model of type. Outside of Italy, I am most knowledgeable about the Premier League, with Newcastle United being another love of mine. Other favorite teams/players include Francesco Toldo, Danielle De Rossi, Levski Sofia, Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Garreth Bale, James Milner, L.A. Galaxy and Landon Donovan.

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