Premier League cult icon Fabrizio Ravanelli believes English football is in decline and Tottenham Hotspur will lose to Fiorentina

The Italian believes that Fiorentina will get one over on Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur went out of the FA Cup at the weekend after Crystal Palace sent them packing at White Hart Lane.

However the club are still battling on two fronts. Spurs are in a strong position against Fiorentina in the UEFA Europa League and are second in the Premier League - hot on the heels of Leicester City.

They face Fiorentina next in the second leg of their Europa League tie at White Hart Lane.

Spurs go into the game with an away goal from a 1-1 draw with La Viola in Florence and will therefore be very confident of getting the result they need.

However, one former Premier League cult icon is not sure they can get the job done.

Italian Fabrizio Ravanelli arrived in England with Middlesbrough in 1996 and went on to play with Derby County in the early 2000's. With his silver hair and trademark celebration he was a real fan favourite.

But the former Italian international believes the standard of the Premier League has dropped and that Fiorentina will get the win. He told Fiorentina News:

"The English teams are turned a bit when they play in front of their own crowd.

"In my opinion the British football is a bit in decline, we are growing a lot and for that reason I think Fiorentina can have great possibilities to go through.

"The purple team plays well, then Tottenham is within their reach.

"Also in Serie A in my opinion they are fighting for the title, it is a really strong team and well organized. So also on Thursday in London they have all the possibilities to do well."

Spurs fans will no doubt disagree with Ravanelli but they will be fearful of their home record. When Spurs have struggled this season it has tended to be at home and if they do so again than Ravanelli's optimistic and patriotic prediction may very well come true.

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