Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier has told the club’s website he is expecting a determined defensive approach from Fiorentina this morning.
Dier has also praised the tactical astuteness of the Italian side, which his team will have to deal with effectively to get into the next round of the competition.
“It’s going to be really tough, a really difficult game - We know how they like to play – they defend very well, they’re very good tactically so it’s going to be a really difficult match,” said Dier.
The tie is finely balanced at 1-1 heading into the second leg this evening and Tottenham have to retain their focus, which will be difficult considering the League Cup final this weekend.
Patience is going to be key later on if the Serie A defend deep and in a determined fashion as Dier suggests.
Tottenham can’t let their frustrations boil over because the Italian team have the players who are capable of picking them off and exploiting any space around the pitch.
Furthermore, they may also need to get very creative over the course of the game.
If Fiorentina have a good game in terms of their tactics, Tottenham need to show the intelligence to adapt and deal with the system that Fiorentina are using.
The perfect scenario for Tottenham would be early goals, a solid defensive display and momentum heading into Sunday’s League Cup final.
Any players coming into the team stand a great chance of helping the side achieve that.