Mihajlovic accepts 'deserved' defeat
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Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihajlovic admitted his side were deservedly beaten after their slow start against Juventus last night.

Alessandro Matri grabbed the winner as Juve won 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium, Stevan Jovetic having previously cancelled out Leonardo Bonucci's first-half opener.

And Mihajlovic told Gazzetta Dello Sport: "It was a well-deserved victory for Juventus. We were lucky, we could have gone in 3-0 down at the break. In the second half we showed more character and were left to regret giving away the first half to Juventus.

"We set up with a 4-3-3 when we were defending and a 4-2-3-1 in attack, with [Houssine] Kharja moving between the lines, but we made too many mistakes and it is not down to the system.

It was a well-deserved victory for Juventus. We were lucky, we could have gone in 3-0 down at the break.
Sinisa Mihajlovic, Fiorentina coach

"Turning to 4-4-2 with [Alberto] Gilardino up front gave us more of a threat, systems are important to a certain point, but you need character, the will to win, to suffer and play as a team. [Valon] Behrami was our best player. We need 11 like him."

Matri, meanwhile, insists his place in the Juve side is not secure despite his third goal in two games, telling the same newspaper: "I have not secured the place up front, it will be decided from game to game."

Last season the Italy striker scored nine goals for the Old Lady after 11 at Cagliari, and hopes to push towards the same total. He said: "I want to at least match last season, and last season I scored 20 goals. I'm happy with my total, but I want to keep going."

Matri's prolific form over the last 18 months has drawn comparisons to former Juve favourite David Trezeguet, and the 27-year-old said: "He showed the way, and has done so for years. I'm glad about the comparison, because we are talking about one of the best strikers we have had."