Sousa: They tried to honour the shirt

Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa felt his side gave their all in the 2-2 draw with Torino on Monday night that saw them let slip a two-goal lead for the second game in a row.

Riccardo Saponara had opened the scoring at Stadio Artemio Franchi before a second goal from Nikola Kalinic. However, Andrea Belotti netted second half brace to claim a share of the spoils.

In their last match, against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League, Fiorentina had also scored two first-half goals, before losing 4-2 – a result that sealed their elimination from European competition.

Sousa though, who recently denied he intends to walk away from the job, with Fiorentina also out of the Coppa Italia, while sitting in eighth place on the Serie A standings, says fatigue may be a factor, as he faced questions about the hostile atmosphere from the fans after the game.

He told Premium Sport: "The fans pay for their tickets, they have every right to make their feelings known.

“They’re the soul of the club, they’ve been here the longest.

“The players did their best, until we were no longer able to push. We could have closed it out, then when we dropped off we began to suffer.

“We have an attacking team, when we can we’re incisive and we force our opponents back. Sometimes you don’t succeed.

“The number of games we’ve been playing for several months is also a factor, and in some moments it can have an effect.

“I’m not here to save my job, I’m here to work. That’s all I know. My team gave everything, and when they do that I’m happy.

“They tried to honour the shirt, and they have everything they had to win the game."

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