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In-form Dnipro wary of wounded Fiorentina

Published: Wednesday 2 October 2013, 19.00CET
In-form FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk face injury-hit ACF Fiorentina as both bid for a second Group E win and respective coaches Juande Ramos and Vincenzo Montella expect a tough night.
by Konstantyn Patkevich
from Dnipropetrovsk
In-form Dnipro wary of wounded Fiorentina
Vincenzo Montella has something of an injury crisis to deal with ©AFP/Getty Images

Tournament statistics

DniproFiorentina

Goals scored13
 
17
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts112
 
143
on target50
 
53
off target37
 
61
blocked25
 
29
against woodwork2
 
2
Corners52
 
45
Offsides23
 
34
Yellow cards12
 
25
Red Cards1
 
2
Fouls committed98
 
119
Fouls suffered103
 
142
Passes2870
 
5042
completed2224
 
4297

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Standings

Last updated: 20/06/2014 00:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 October 2013, 19.00CET

In-form Dnipro wary of wounded Fiorentina

In-form FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk face injury-hit ACF Fiorentina as both bid for a second Group E win and respective coaches Juande Ramos and Vincenzo Montella expect a tough night.

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and ACF Fiorentina won their UEFA Europa League Group E openers and both coaches are well aware of the opportunity that awaits them on Thursday in Ukraine.

Juande Ramos's Dnipro, aiming to reach the round of 32 for the second year running, overcame SSC Napoli 3-1 here in the group stage last season. They began this European campaign with a 1-0 victory at CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu and, in the midst of a 12-game unbeaten run, sit second in the Ukrainian Premier-Liha. Even so, Ramos knows even a depleted Fiorentina present their sternest test yet.

"It will be a difficult game," said the Spaniard. "Italian teams are always tough, they play compactly and they have a strong league, which means they are always in good shape. They will make us work very hard. We will fight and only the game will show who is better."

Forward Yevgen Seleznyov added: "We fully understand how important this match is for the club. We are preparing accordingly. We will play in front of our own supporters, meaning an additional responsibility for us. I don't think we should make conclusions based on Fiorentina's [2-2 Monday-night draw] with Parma. We have to study them in depth. Fiorentina play differently against different teams."

A 3-0 win against FC Paços de Ferreira on matchday one has given Fiorentina a formidable platform to build on, but coach Vincenzo Montella must deal with several injury blows. Giuseppe Rossi has a calf strain and fellow forward Ante Rebić has pulled a hamstring, ruling them out along with Alberto Aquilani, Mario Gomez and Olexandr Iakovenko. All of which makes Ryder Matos the only available striker.

"We are facing a very good team: they are well organised and very quick, so we have to be alert," Montella said, hoping his side – fifth in Serie A – can recover from conceding a late equaliser on Monday. "I acknowledge my mistakes but we have time to work on them."

Midfielder Massimo Ambrosini is upbeat. "We have started the competition very well and are ready to go on in the same manner," he said. "We know our opponents are in fine form. We are not favourites but we are prepared to fight for a win."

Last updated: 02/10/13 22.20CET

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