Beppe Iachini admitted that mistakes cost his side as Fiorentina were beaten 3-1 at home by Sassuolo on Wednesday night.
“We had two chances to take the lead, when we were one on one with the goalkeeper, but then we made at least two bad mistakes: on the penalty – we needed to try and buy some time there – and on the third goal,” said Iachini, speaking in his post-match press conference.
“When you make two mistakes like those, it turns the match into an uphill struggle. The team kept playing and stayed in the game – we had 13 shots on goal and hit the woodwork,” he continued. “We had the chances to equalise and then to cut the deficit. We pushed hard and pressed them high up the field, so in that respect the team kept looking for the result right until the end. Our finishing was off, as it has been since the restart – we had lots of shots and had good possession, so we laid the foundations for us to take the game where we wanted it to go. Sadly, there were also a couple of individual mistakes in there which have ended up costing us dear in this game.”
Fiorentina lined up with [Federico] Chiesa playing through the middle against Sassuolo – and Iachini insisted that the side created enough chances to justify his team selection.
“Federico had two good chances in the first half – for the first one the keeper did well and we weren’t able to score, then for the second he fired over,” he said. “We had other chances in the first half through [Gaetano] Castrovilli and [Franck] Ribery and then we had several shots in the second half, without finding the target. That’s something we’ve seen in these initial games back.”
The result leaves Fiorentina in 13th place in Serie A, with Iachini pointing to missed chances as the reason behind the Viola’s disappointing league standing.
“We should have more points than we did, based on how we did before and also on how we’ve done since the resumption,” he said. “We had 21 shots against Brescia, we had several chances to make it 2-0 against Lazio, we hit the woodwork… Today the match took a bad turn because of two mistakes and that made it harder. We need to look to the future, turn the page and focus on our next game straight away.”
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