Tottenham pre-game media round-up: Fazio 'positive', Lamela on side's focus

A selection of the latest stories ahead of Tottenham's away clash with Fiorentina in the Europa League this Thursday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio thinks the club's away record this season in all competitions stands them in good stead ahead of Thursday’s clash with Fiorentina in Florence.

Spurs face a difficult task against tonight's Serie A opponents after they scored a crucial away goal in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in the first leg last week.

Fazio is quoted by the Tottenham website, saying: “I think we are a very strong team away from home. We’ve demonstrated in the league that we’re a strong side on the road, but we will need to start well in Florence like we did last week.

“We need to really be focused on our objective of winning – I’m positive that we can get the result we need.”

Erik Lamela was asked if it was hard not to look beyond the European tie with a League Cup final against Chelsea taking place just three days later, but he told reporters that tonight's tie is at the forefront of the players' minds.

He said: "That's another game, of course, a very important game but first we have to focus on Fiorentina. That's our only focus now.

"I think we're doing well, we have the skill to do well, we're improving and we'll try to keep improving."

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has told the London Evening Standard he is wary of the threat that Tottenham possess.

Though the theme of the interview suggests he would like to manage in the Premier League one day, he seems very focused on being the man in charge of the side that makes it through to the last-16 of the Europa League.

He said: “I’m wary of all Tottenham’s players — their starters, their substitutes. They are a complete team, who know how to play in the typical English style, changing quickly from defence to attack and back again, as well as a more possession-based ‘Spanish’ fashion.

“We are ready for a difficult game but also an exciting one. If we play to our potential, we have a chance.”

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