That result means that the Tuscan club who were promoted last season have been immediately sent straight back to the second tier after a disappointing campaign.
“We gave everything in this game but sometimes when you face a team who are stronger, then that is not enough,” Nicola told Sky Sport Italia. “I saw a team with great mentality.
“What relegated us in the end? I think there are many evaluations you can make. Firstly, there is a basic inconsistency. We started off at a handicap because we decided to try and survive with these men [the ones who gained promotion] and we have done everything possible to remain.
“There is a discourse much larger to make about the overall quality of the team but we knew this was going to be tough for us to try and survive.”