Pioli: "The distance isn’t insurmountable. We’ve lacked the ability to stay focused for the full 95 minutes"

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Ahead of Saturday's Serie A game in Florence against Fiorentina, Stefano Pioli talked during today's news conference at the Suning Training Centre: "We want to prove we can finish the season in a better league position than we are today. The objectives have to be getting back to winning ways, climbing up the table and qualifying for the Europa League. We’ll have to perform as well as we can and choose our best team. We’ve been in the chasing pack for six months now, but the truth is that the distance isn’t insurmountable. We have the quality to play well and win a lot of games from here until the end. We’ve conceded goals from our own errors with the ball and on set pieces," Pioli continued. We must improve on these two points to get back to top form quickly. It’s wrong to focus on the past too much; every week we work hard to line up in the best shape possible on the weekend. Aside from a few tactical issues in recent matches, we’ve lacked the ability to stay focused for the full 95 minutes and we’ve paid the price, failing to win games that we deserved to. The derby is a unique fixture, but everyone who played gave it their all for the whole contest. Perhaps we should have dealt with a few counter-attacks better, but we’ve analysed it from every angle. We trail fourth place by five points and we’re still to play them (Lazio, e.d.). It will be tough on Saturday against a top side who are coached very well; coming back from Florence with three points will be a massive result".

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