Vincenzo Italiano says Fiorentina ‘only made one mistake’ and insists his players must do more to help Dusan Vlahovic score.
The Tuscans suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Stadio Penzo against Venezia.
“It’s a step back in terms of result, but we played the game as we had prepared it,” Italiano told DAZN.
“We stayed in their own half for the entire first half, but right now we struggle to be effective inside the 18-yeard box.
“It’s a negative result, but the performance was adequate. The road is still long, 31 games are remaining. We must improve and we knew it even before the game,” the coach continued.
“We did well in the first half, we were not as clear-headed in the second half, but you have to deal with opponents as well.
“They defended the result. Despite that, we created many chances also in the second half. We only made one mistake and we paid for it. Right now, one mistake is enough to concede. We did what we could, it’s still early in the season.”
Italiano was asked whether or not Vlahovic is feeling the pressure after Rocco Commisso revealed the striker would not renew his contract expiring in 2023.
“I think we must get used to these situations. We can improve as men and players by focusing only on the pitch.
“Vlahovic fought hard, he helped the team right now we don’t give him much service and I am sorry about it. We must work and improve to help him score.”