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Fiorentina remain perfect at home as they hang on to beat Genoa despite being reduced to ten men.

Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa was pleased with his team’s performance as the defeated Genoa 1-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, thanks to a second half goal by Khouma Babacar.

It wasn’t easy but Fiorentina managed to keep a clean sheet as Genoa made life difficult for la viola.

Speaking to Sky Sport, Sousa stated “We had problems against a team that pressures aggressively as expected, and that often interrupts our play with tactical fouls.”

“(No matter the pressure) we kept pushing for the goal, and that is the mark of a great team.”

“We suffered [reduced to 10 men with 30 minutes left to play], but these three points couldn’t be more valuable.”

Sousa went on to discuss the return of Giuseppe Rossi and his performance as he made his debut in the starting XI for the first time this season.

“He has never worked so hard like this in his career. He has a big heart. He’s a great player and when he’s capable of playing at 100% fitness he can help take Fiorentina to the next level.”

Rossi played 60 minutes before being subbed off by Nikola Kalinic.

On the roster turnover

After last week’s loss to Torino, Sousa made several changes to the starting lineup with several new players.

“I am a firm believer in using my whole squad, not just 13 players. The decisions I make are based on what I see in training during the week and prepare for the opposition.”

Next week Fiorentina travels to Carpi hoping to get its first back to back wins of the season.

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