Beppe Iachini was full of praise for his Fiorentina side’s approach after they beat Parma 2-1 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini to secure a much-needed three points on Sunday evening.
“We came here with belief and tried to play our game,” said the Viola coach in his post-match press conference. “The team played very well, showed great personality and created chances. We could have put the game to bed earlier because we had four or five chances to kill it off in the second half, including a crossbar. We should have got the third goal and put the match to bed.”
Iachini acknowledged that it was vital for his team to get a result in Parma following a disappointing run in recent weeks.
“Of course it’s important and I’m pleased for the players, our fans and for the club,” he said. “In the first three games after the restart we had 44 shots, hit the woodwork four times, had 33 shots from inside the penalty box and we weren’t able to put the games to bed. We played very well both against Brescia and Lazio and against Sassuolo we had chances to take the lead before the penalty. Those matches got away from us – despite creating lots of chances, we weren’t able to make them count. We weren’t getting what we deserved based on the work the lads were doing.”
Franck Ribery and Marco Benassi were both taken off with injuries at the Tardini – and Iachini was keen to stress the importance of all members of the squad as the matches stack up for his team.
“We’ll see,” he said. “We’re playing every three days so all of the players are in my thinking. I expect a lot from them all and I’ve told them that. Whoever is called on must step up and perform well and implement the work I’ve been doing with them since I arrived. We’ll need everyone.”
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