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Europa or Bust for La Viola

A huge game awaits for Fiorentina as they take of Dynamo Kyiv at home in the Europa League QF second leg, the score delicately poised at 1-1

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The Fiorentina squad were given a rapturous send off as they left the stadium together on the team bus ahead of tomorrow's monumental Europa League clash with Dynamo Kyiv. Some 300 fans turned up to cheer on the team, bringing along flags, flares and as usual, plenty of passion - undoubtedly attempting to help the team to put Monday night's disappointing home defeat to Hellas Verona behind them.

Gonzalo Rodriguez, was also keen to erase any lingering apprehension from Monday night stating: "We don't feel under pressure following recent results. We have some highly experienced players at the club."

Fiorentina have the all-important away goal, thanks to Khouma Babacar's late equaliser in Kyiv, but manager Vincenzo Montella was keen to play down the first leg result. "The draw in Kyiv doesn't mean much. It will be a physical contest tomorrow and we must be ready for it both physically and mentally."

After Monday night's exensive rotation, Montella will redeploy his strongest available squad, although first leg hero Babacar will miss out as it has confirmed that his knee injury will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Dynamo will miss tough tackling defender Aleksandar Dragovic through suspension in addition to the injured duo of Miguel Veloso and Yevhen Makarenko.

The omens look good for the viola, as Dynamo have lost three of their last four European away games and Fiorentina are unbeaten in nine against Ukranian sides. Say it quietly -  the viola have never lost a quarter final in this competition. With a place in the semi-finals awaiting the victors, the stakes are high and the heat is on. A return to the electrifying performances of the earlier rounds is needed. And please penalties! AVANTI VIOLA!

Projected Lineups:


Dynamo Kyiv:(4-2-3-1) Shovkovsky; Antunes, Khacheridi, Vida, Silva; Sydorchuk, Rybalka; Lens, Belhanda, Yarmolenko; Teodorczyk