Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah says he is fired up to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League.
The Egyptian international has signed for Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season, and is delighted to have the opportunity to show what he can do.
Furthermore, he will not be daunted, having knocked Spurs out of the competition at the quarter-final stage in 2013.
He is quoted by Football Italia: "I played against Tottenham two times in the Europa League with Basel. They were very good games for me and I scored against Tottenham, my first goal, so that was an important moment for me and for Basel.
“I also put in five assists in that competition and am fired up for this chance."
Salah struggled to make an impact at Chelsea, and this is the perfect chance for him to do his parent side a favour, and there is a key reason why.
Timing is everything
The fixtures against Fiorentina come amid a busy month for Tottenham. With the North London derby at home to Arsenal this weekend, Spurs also face a trip to Liverpool and at home to West Ham.
In between this is the first game at home to Fiorentina. The timing of the second leg however could not be more ideal for Chelsea.
Spurs travel to Italy on Thursday February 26, days before their Capital One Cup Final against Chelsea on March 1.
Salah can give Chelsea an important psychological edge by knocking Spurs out of the Europa League days before the final - and he can be inspired knowing Jose Mourinho is likely to be watching, as he looks to scout his Wembley opponents.