Date: 26th March 2014 at 11:56pm
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After his sides 2-0 defeat to AC Milan, Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has attributed fatigue as one of the reasons for their poor performance against the Rossoneri.

Goals from Philippe Mexes and Mario Balotelli were enough to see off the Viola and the defeat appears to have realistically ended any ambitions the Tuscan side had of qualifying for the Champions League.

“We did not play very well, the game slightly mirrored our season in general but we want to consolidate fourth place and finish the season as best as we can,” the Italian tactician told Sport Mediaset.

Commenting on his lack of options in attack the 39-year-old added: “Even though [Alessandro] Matri could have scored its unfortunate we were missing players through injury.

“I’m sorry for those who were unavailable and for Matri who was unable to finish the chances created.

“We know the game if often decided through set-pieces, Milan did well and we weren’t able to make the most of our dead-ball chances.”

Concluding his thoughts Montella felt his side’s play was not as bright as it has been in other games, something he put down to nerves and fatigue.

“Our play wasn’t very bright or fluid compared to other matches…we fell to nerves and fatigue due to a ridiculous fixture schedule.”

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