Fiorentina vs West Ham in Europa Conference League final: Meet the teams
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Fiorentina will face West Ham in Prague on 7 June: get an overview of the 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League finalists.
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Fiorentina will face West Ham in the UEFA Europa Conference League final in Prague on 7 June.
UEFA.com profiles the finalists.
UEFA coefficient ranking: 80
Last season: N/A (first European campaign since 2016/17)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (1989/90)
Route to last four
Group A: Runners-up
KOPO: 7-2agg vs Braga
R16: 5-1agg vs Sivasspor
QF: 6-4agg vs Lech
SF: 4-3agg aet vs Basel
Campaign in ten words: Goals galore after slow start and now a final place.
How do Fiorentina play?
Vincenzo Italiano used the Europa Conference League to find the most suitable system for his team and eventually settled on a 4-2-3-1. The Viola love to build from the back, play attack-minded football and have plenty of creative players to support their lone striker.
Key player: Nicolás González
Arthur Cabral has seven goals in the competition, but the Argentinian winger's pace and technique play a crucial role in Italiano's attacking system – and then there was his semi-final double.
West Ham (ENG)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 37
Last season: Europa League semi-finals (L 1-3agg vs Frankfurt)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Semi-finals (2021/22)
Route to last four
Group B: Winners
R16: 6-0agg vs AEK Larnaca
QF: 5-2agg vs Gent
SF: 3-1agg vs AZ Alkmaar
Campaign in ten words: Unstoppable and undefeated so far; mental strength is the key.
How do West Ham play?
There has been a grit, determination and swagger to West Ham's European campaign, in stark contrast to their stuttering domestic form. On more than one occasion, they've shown character to react to setbacks and put games out of reach. The Hammers have also proved difficult to break down defensively.
Key player: Declan Rice
Rice leads by example on the pitch, often dragging his team-mates up a gear. His sublime solo goal against Gent highlights how his individual quality can add gloss to West Ham performances.
UEFA Europa Conference League unless stated otherwise
UEL = UEFA Europa League
KOPO = Knockout round play-offs
R16 = Round of 16
QF = Quarter-finals
SF = Semi-finals
*Club coefficients last updated: 19/05/2023