Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella says he's proud of his players after missing out on Champions League qualification.

The Viola thrashed Pescara, but saw AC Milan come from a goal behind to defeat Siena late on and clinch third place.

"After 30 minutes we had already put the result under lock and key, so we were waiting to hear news from the other stadiums," Montella told Sky Sport Italia.

"Do we feel bitter? No, we should be calm and proud, as we tried and believed right to the end. We ought to be proud that we pushed Milan to the finish line and forced them into this last-gasp result.

"It was a duel that everyone enjoyed, so I compliment Milan and Massimiliano Allegri, who fought back brilliantly. We have no regrets."