Viola wary of Everton threat
Cesare Prandelli insists Fiorentina will not go out to defend when they face in-form Everton in the Uefa Cup.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 05/03/08 7:37pm
Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli insists his side will not go out to defend against in-form Everton when they take on the Premier League outfit for a place in the Uefa Cup quarter-finals.
The Italians host the first leg in Florence on Thursday knowing they face a stern test against Everton, who are leading the race for the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place in England.
But Fiorentina are enjoying some fine form of their own and are also pushing for Champions League qualification in Serie A.
Prandelli is looking forward to seeing how the two sides match up and despite the threat posed by Everton, he believes the Viola must stick to their own game.
"I am very curious to see how we fare," he said. "This game is going to be very difficult and we are going to have to keep our concentration.
"They are a team who play good football but are also physical. They play the ball well both on the floor and in the air, and are very well organised. But if you go out with the thought of defending, then you lose.
"We have got to have the same attitude as in recent games and if it looks like we are defending, then that is because the opponent is forcing us onto the back foot."
Fiorentina defender Per Kroldrup will face his former club having spent an unsuccessful six-month spell on Merseyside in 2005.
The Denmark international made only two first-team appearances for the Blues but is well aware of Everton's strengths, particularly midfield duo Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta.
"Cahill is excellent when he manages to get in behind the defence," he said. "He is clever and you have always got to be careful when he is near your goal.
"Arteta is one who can make a difference but my memories of them (Everton) are that they are a strong squad collectively. They are very well organised and work on tactics in training more than any other English club."
Fabio Liverani and former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu are ruled out through injury but Christian Vieri is likely to start up front.