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SOUSA: "TEAM WIN VITAL FOR THE CLUB"

Paulo Sousa hailed his side after a great team performance saw them get back to winning ways with a 2-0 defeat of Torino.

"I got the reaction I was looking for, even though we didn’t start fantastically and were a bit too impulsive. By midway through the first half our play was a lot more direct. I’m delighted with the way my team performed," began the Fiorentina boss.

"It’s a vital win for the club. I’m really satisfied with the performance of the team and I’m feeling confident about the future. Defeats happen during the season and the most important thing is not to abandon your principles and identity. We have to play without fear and show lots of ambition," Sousa continued.

Sousa was keen to praise the defensive effort of the entire side against Torino, including striker Khouma Babacar: "I ask my players to make a lot of sacrifices for the team and Babacar was very good today. He showed me what I wanted to see. We defended well because everybody mucked in with the defensive work, even the two strikers. Gonzalo’s goal came thanks to the hard work of the whole side."

Asked about Borja Valero’s performance, Sousa replied: "Borja can play anywhere and he did well today. He worked hard for the benefit of the team and I can’t ask more of him than that."

Responding to suggestions the margin of victory should have been greater than it was, Sousa said: "We had lots of chances today and could have sewn the match up before we did. We want to be even more clinical and turn our play into goals".

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