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5,000 Fiorentina fans turn up to training

Although Fiorentina lost the final of the Coppa Italia to Napoli, around 5,000 fans came to watch the Viola train and gave them a rousing reception.

Fiorentina suffered disappointment in the final of the Coppa Italia, losing 3-1 to Napoli in a game that was overshadowed by violence off the field, but their fans showed the players they were still thankful for an impressive season.

Vincenzo Montella has overseen a very positive campaign for Fiorentina, who look set to finish in fourth place and book a spot in next season's Europa League.

The Tuscan side came close to securing silverware in the Italian Cup but were seen off by Napoli in Rome despite a battling performance.

The kick-off was delayed as three fans were shot in the vicinity of the Stadio Olimpico but police insisted the incident wasn't related to violent clashes between fans in the Tor di Quinto region where supporters threw firecrackers at each other.

Fiorentina fans were again left to wonder what might have been as they were knocked out of the Europa League by Juventus in a very tight encounter in their other attempt at winning a trophy.

But despite ending the season on something of a deflating note, Fiorentina fans flocked to watch the team holding an open training session, which they had hoped would be to celebrate winning the Cup.

Around 5,000 supporters still visited the Stadio Artemio Franchi where the players trained and cheered them on, greeting the squad and coach Montella with a deafening round of applause at the end.

"There were two winners of the Italian Cup final yesterday," Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Pradè enthused. "Napoli won on the pitch but Fiorentina and their fans won off it."

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