Vincenzo Italiano is “angry” over Fiorentina’s loss to Roma and insists Dusan Vlahovic must be motivated to make a difference.
La Viola lost 3-1 at Stadio Olimpico on their Serie A debut.
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“I was satisfied until they led 2-1, we played tied despite only ten men left,” Italiano told DAZN.
“We made a big mistake by lowering the intensity we had before the draw, it’s a shame to lose a game played with this mentality.
“I told the guys it was important to leave this stadium with your head held high, we did, but I’m angry because the points and the table matter now, so we have to be careful at all times.
“Maybe we thought we had the game in our hands before they scored the second goal,” continued the former Spezia coach.
“It’s a solid team, we conceded a few spaces and they took advantage of it, we could have done better at the back and be more clinical at the front. It’s a shame because we showed the right state of mind after the red card.
“We lost the ball before they scored the second goal. There may have been a small fault on Pulgar. We’re sorry because we showed some personality in a difficult stage. We have to work on the good things that we have done. It has to be the mentality.
“Guys need to know that despite losing, you can’t lose self-esteem. We receive praise and we should be happy about it.
Barone: “Vlahovic stays at Fiorentina”
Ahead of the game, Fiorentina manager Joe Barone had claimed that Vlahovic would stay at Fiorentina this summer.
“There has never been a problem with him,” Italiano said.
“Now he has to focus on scoring goals. He had a few good chances today. We know his worth, he knows he is admired, everyone helps him make a difference, he can do it. A motivated Vlahovic can be of added value for us.
Nico Gonzalez made his Fiorentina debut tonight.
“He gave everything. He’s fully engaged and a quality left foot, I think he can give us satisfaction this season, “said Italiano.
“He’s always focused, he’s training hard and I think it was a great signing. He can score a lot of goals this season. I think he played well today.
“Nico has quality and he can play in all parts of the field.”