Ex-Tottenham star suggests how Fiorentina will beat Spurs

Nicola Berti has been addressing Fiorentina’s Europa League tie with Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs head into Thursday evening's tie with the Serie A club at a slight disadvantage, having only managed a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last week.

The Lilywhites took the lead in the first leg, with Roberto Soldado scoring the opening goal, before Jose Maria Basanta equalised before half-time. Despite Spurs looking good for a victory in the first-half, the intensity dropped off and they have to at least score one goal in the second leg to secure their passage through to the next stage of the competition.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino has placed himself under an unnecessary strain by not going all out for the win in the first leg of the tie. With the League Cup final on Sunday, it would be expected that the Argentine coach will choose one competition to focus on and will name a weaker starting XI for the other game. Due to the nature of the final - being able to win the first silverware of his Tottenham career - it is likely that he will choose to sacrifice the Europa League to favour the tie against Chelsea.

That is not to say that Spurs will not put on a good performance, and there is undoubted strength regardless of the line-up that takes to the field. The likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Nabil Bentaleb may be rested for the final, but their replacements are more than adequate. There is also a great spirit in the Spurs ranks, and Pochettino has created a team in which the back-up choices can fulfil the same game plan as his first-team.

His high-pressing system and desire to fight to the final minutes is evident among the entire squad, and former Spurs star Nicola Berti - who also played for the Viola - has told TMW that Fiorentina will need to be wary of Tottenham’s intensity if they intend to secure a victory.

When asked by TMW how the Viola can win the game, Berti responded: “The English never give up, they are dangerous for the whole 90 minutes, always.

“The Viola should always be careful and never let their guard down, because Spurs will be ready to punish her ​​by attacking with fast counter-attacks. The Tottenham team never falls in intensity, and it will be important not to leave even an inch of the initiatives to Spurs.”

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