Robbie Neilson: Fiorentina reaction14 October 2022
A glut of first half goals blew the Jambos away in the first 45 before a more spirited second half showing saw Stevie Humphrys pull a consolation effort back.
Speaking to Hearts TV after the match, he said: “Definitely wasn’t happy about the first half. We started the game really well and on the front foot but we then allowed Fiorentina to get on the ball and cause us problems. We weren’t aggressive enough and we didn’t press them enough.
“I thought we were miles better in the second half. At half-time, we spoke about how aggressive you need to be to compete at this level. You can talk about tactical and technical stuff but you need to physically match them.
"I’ve said it before, but this is a learning curve for everybody. I hope the players realise that for all teams like Fiorentina are good technically – we’re capable of bringing a physical edge to the game as well."