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Fiorentina CEO: We 'destroyed' Juve

Fiorentina CEO Sandro Menucci has claimed that the Viola "destroyed" Juventus in the 0-0 Serie A draw between the two sides at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Tuesday.

The home side enjoyed the better of the match and were unfortunate not to claim all three points after seeing Stevan Jovetic rattle the crossbar as Juventus barely registered a shot on target.

The result, which brought an end to the Italian champions' four-game league winning streak and has seen La Gazzetta dello Sport brand the Viola "Super Fiorentina" across its front page, has left Menucci in an ebullient mood.

"It gives me great satisfaction to see our team destroy Juventus. We played our game and if there was a winner on points it was undoubtedly us," he told Sky Italia. "I'm glad we repaid this extraordinary crowd with a wonderful show, Juve were more humble and submissive tonight than we have seen for a long time. There is a hint of regret of course but for me it is like a victory!"

The sentiment was echoed by manager Vincenzo Montella, who was full of praise for his players after they ended a string of seven consecutive league away wins for Juventus - a club record stretching back to last season.

"I am definitely satisfied with my lads. We probably deserved to win if only we had been a little more incisive or perhaps fortunate. I must compliment the team and the fans, as it was a wonderful evening of sport," Montella said.

"We faced an excellent team with open and attacking football. It's a shame we didn't win, but we hold on to the performance and the character of this Fiorentina. It would have been wonderful to win and these players deserved a satisfaction like that."

The Viola boss' opposite number, Massimo Carrera, credited the opposition for leaving the visitors "unable to do what we wanted to", while Juventus' Arturo Vidal believes he and his team-mates must now focus on the next match.

"It was a difficult game and Fiorentina played really well with the ball. They have improved considerably from last year," Vidal told the club's official website. "It is hard to face a team that plays well and at speed. We just have to keep improving with each game, starting on Saturday against Roma where we will have to get back on track."

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