Iachini: ‘Fiorentina deserved to win’

Beppe Iachini believes Fiorentina deserved a victory against Inter, so there are many regrets after a 4-3 defeat. ‘We have a lot of very young forwards and they are a little green.’

The Viola had taken the lead at San Siro within three minutes, were 3-2 up at the 86th minute and wasted a golden opportunity with Dusan Vlahovic, set on a silver platter for him by Franck Ribery.

It proved a costly error, as Romelu Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio turned it around in the final moments of the match.

“We came here to play our game with the right character and mentality. We always tried to score goals, had the chances to get more even in the first half and didn’t take them,” Iachini told DAZN.

“If you make mistakes, Inter will punish you. We didn’t give up, turned it around again to lead 3-2, had the opportunities to make it 4-2 and then were penalised for some naïve errors. With great regret, we lost the game, and even a point frankly would’ve felt unfair considering the number of chances we created.”

When Ribery and Giacomo Bonaventura came off, the game changed and Fiorentina weren’t quite as in control.

“Jack Bonaventura arrived without any pre-season training, so the fact we are able to start him is already remarkable, but we cannot risk an injury.

“Federico Chiesa asked to come off, as he had a slight bicep issue. Franck had worked so hard, he was really tired and I thought it only right to introduce some fresh legs.”

Kouame had opened the scoring after just three minutes on a Bonaventura assist.

“We have a lot of very young forwards, so the lack of experience is something we have to accept can happen. I started Kouame for the first two games because he seemed to be in better shape than the others in training, he’s just come back from a very serious knee injury, so we’re trying to get him regular playing time.

“We need to get everyone up to optimal condition, then we’ll evaluate game by game who should start. We’re working, as they are all still a little green and don’t always make the right final choice, but that’s part of the process.”

Vlahovic’s howler was probably decisive, as he fired off target when sent clear by Ribery.

“It’s a pity, I think after the error he too practically left the game psychologically, he kept going back over it in his mind and that’s not helpful. He must learn to always remain focused and be ready for the next chance.”

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Commisso: ‘Fiorentina didn’t kill the game’

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso was disappointed, but philosophical after a 4-3 defeat to Inter. ‘We were leading twice and didn’t kill off the match.’

The Viola were 3-2 up at the 86th minute, but conceded two goals to lose 4-3 at San Siro.

“This is football. You win, you lose, all in minutes, or seconds,” President Commisso told DAZN.

“I said this morning Inter are probably the best squad in Italy, we are young and I think we’re stronger than last season, but we’re still learning. A draw would’ve been fair, as we were leading twice and didn’t kill off the match.”

Franck Ribery created two goals with magical passes and there would’ve been a third had Dusan Vlahovic not wasted the finish.

“Ribery was phenomenal, Federico Chiesa hurt himself and also had to come off, but these things happen. We lost the first two games of last season, drew at Juventus and I think we didn’t win until Week 5. So it’s already an improvement and we’ll make ourselves heard in Serie A this season.”

Sofyan Amrabat made his Viola debut, as he was suspended for last week’s 1-0 win over Torino.

“The objective is to stay in the top half of the table and we all really want to do better than 10th place. I am confident that we will do that, as the team is much stronger this year.”

Chiesa was working his socks off in the right wing-back role, so will he stay at Fiorentina?

“We’ll see, won’t we? It’s the last week of the transfer market and anything is possible. Fiorentina’s market isn’t closed, so we will see next week.”

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D’Ambrosio: ‘Inter subs change the game’

Danilo D’Ambrosio saw Inter ‘wanted to win at all costs’ in the 4-3 thriller with Fiorentina, but above all ‘we have the quality to come off the bench and change the game.’

It was a topsy-turvy Serie A opener for the Nerazzurri, who were 3-2 down until the 86th minute and won 4-3 with his header.

“Winning is always important, naturally we do everything to win without suffering too much, but this game started badly,” D’Ambrosio told DAZN.

“We did well to turn it around, proved that we want to fight for every point and have the quality to come off the bench and change the game.

“We got the victory because we wanted to win at all costs.”

The fact Achraf Hakimi, Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Radja Nainggolan all came off the bench shows how much Inter have strengthened.

“Every time we step on to the pitch, we have to give 100 per cent and I am happy to sacrifice myself for the team. My main job is trying to prevent goals, but if I can get a few at the other end, that’s a bonus.

“Last season we reached the Europa League Final and were one point off Juventus, so our plan is to improve this year and do even better.”

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Inter 4-3 Fiorentina: Seven-goal San Siro thriller

It was the return of Pazza Inter, as they scored two goals in two minutes to beat Fiorentina 4-3 after trailing 3-2 in a spectacular seven-goal San Siro thriller.

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Ausilio: ‘Skriniar not for sale’

Inter director Piero Ausilio insists he told Tottenham that Milan Skriniar ‘is not on the transfer market’ and Chelsea won’t sell N’Golo Kante.

Skriniar is on the bench against Fiorentina this evening, despite Stefan de Vrij missing through a ban.

“I will not confirm any negotiations for Skriniar,” Ausilio told DAZN.

“There was a meeting with Tottenham, that is true, but we simply reiterated that Skriniar is not on the transfer market. We’ve already released Diego Godin from the defence and cannot think of losing Skriniar too.”

The director was also asked about reports of an approach for Chelsea midfielder Kante.

“He is an important player for Chelsea, plays regularly, and is therefore not on the transfer market. In fact, we have eight midfielders in the squad and will start the season with them.”

New signing Achraf Hakimi and Arturo Vidal are on the bench against Fiorentina this evening.

“The coach makes his decisions. We have many important players and they will all have an opportunity to contribute, especially with five substitutions allowed. The coach takes all of this into account.”

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