Sousa: "We must play every match with that attitude"
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Paulo Sousa was elated with his side's "positive and happy" football during their 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday evening.

La Viola consigned Walter Zenga's side to their first home defeat of the season and only their third in 12 months. 

Josip Ilicic dispatched a ninth minute penalty to set the ball rolling before Nikola Kalinic added his seventh goal of the campaign midway through the second-half.

The result propelled Fiorentina back to the summit of the Serie A table heading into the forthcoming international hiatus, though the Viola boss yet again quashed talk of the title. 

Pleased with temperament 

Speaking to Mediaset Premium after the win, Sousa expressed his delight at the "emotional control" his players exhibited, citing the various difficulties of performing at the Marassi.

“We controlled the game with our principles of football and turned that into goals," he exulted. “From the start I made sure the lads realised they are all important. We have great support and the more the fans fire us up, the stronger we’ll be.”

Fiorentina have now won four games on the spin since the 2-1 reversal at home to Roma

Suppresses talk of the title

"The best Scudetto is reaching the end of the season with recognition from everyone, including fans and opponents," replied the Portuguese when quizzed about his side's title credentials. 

Beaming, Sousa demanded that his side win every match with the same positivity that was demonstrated at the Marassi.

He also dismissed comparisons with Inter -- who accompany Fiorentina atop Serie A -- but believes the Nerazzurri are a side with great "quality and maturity" and that the club will reinforce the squad in January.

La Viola resume Serie A action with the visit of cellar-dwellars Empoli, before they face a tricky span of away games at Sousa's former employers FC Basel and high-flying Sassuolo.