Manuel Rui Costa congratulated Fiorentina for moving on to the Coppa Italia final. The Portuguese ex-midfielder was one of the Fiorentina fans who suffered and then celebrated as the team led by Montella beat Udinese in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals. The last time the Viola reached this stage in the Coppa Italia was in 2001. Eventually they beat Parma and Rui Costa, as team captain, lifted the trophy. Called by Firenzeviola.it, he recalled all his sweet memories from that night.
“What a wonderful night. Unforgettable. I was crying out of emotion… I hope Fiorentina are able to experience all of this again. I would like to be at the Olimpico for the final, and so do my kids, they’re keen supporters of the team. I will have to see if I have things to do for Benfica on that day. But now. I just want to compliment Fiorentina and Montella- they truly deserve it”