Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has described his side’s advance to the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League as the greatest achievement of his career.
A Juan Vargas penalty in the 28th minute last night was enough to overcome Lyon and see the Viola successfully reach the last 16.
Asked whether the feat was the biggest of his career, Prandelli told Sky: “At this moment I think so, even though we have ended the season in the top four. It is clear that you always work to improve.
“We wanted to make history. Perhaps we have started to make history, but I would like to start writing the story from today. “There was anxiety and tension, but I tried to explain that it is always a football game – the things they do in the league they can do at this level.”
Fiorentina also became the first Italian representatives to qualify for the knockout round this year.
“It is a well-deserved qualification and it is a great night. We are happy to have experienced it together with our fans,” goalscorer Vargas said. “It is important for us to have played so well. We hope to continue.
“Compared to the previous Champions League campaigns, it is a different situation. We worked more serenely and we know we have reached an important milestone.”