Vincenzo Montella felt the 3-0 victory over Bologna was Fiorentina’s best of the season and Borja Valero “will be a great Coach.”
The Viola were utterly dominant at the Stadio Franchi with goals from Josip Ilicic, Borja Valero and Giuseppe Rossi.
“Over the 95 minutes, we probably were more consistent and mature than usually,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We stuck to our characteristics and weren’t too frenetic, interpreting the game better than any other this season, so I am satisfied. I hope the team will be able to play like this again in future.”
Ilicic netted his first goal since April, putting aside months of criticism and rumours of a January exit.
“We knew that we’d have to wait for some players, whether young or injured, because that is our dimension. We need to help everyone grow and improve with patience.
“We saw something different today, that desire not to concede without losing sight of our characteristics. The difficult thing is to repeat that performance.
“Borja Valero does remind me of Seba Veron – especially his haircut! He is a fantastic player who is able to read the play before anyone else. He’ll become a great Coach one day.”
Fiorentina are seeded in the Europa League draw tomorrow and are tipped to reach the Final, though Montella points out they aren’t the only ones.
“Juventus are a strong side, as are Napoli and Porto, so there are many teams who can reach the Europa League Final. They have an advantage in that sense, as they build their squads for the Champions League.
“To reach the Final you need to get through several rounds, so we have to take it slowly and see what the draw holds. Let us leave the dreams to the fans while we focus on the field.”
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