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Fiorentina 'determined', Tottenham 'confident'

While Dele Alli told UEFA.com that Tottenham "fancy ourselves against anybody", Borja Valero said Fiorentina are "determined to go through when we go to London" after a 1-1 draw in Florence.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (right) vies with Fiorentina's Gonzalo Rodríguez
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (right) vies with Fiorentina's Gonzalo Rodríguez ©Getty Images

For the second year running, Fiorentina and Tottenham Hotspur head into the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie with all still to play for after a 1-1 draw in Florence.

While it was the Viola who edged it 12 months ago, thanks to a 2-0 win in the return fixture, Spurs fancy their chances of gaining revenge in front of their own fans next Thursday having laid the groundwork with an away goal in Italy, a 37th-minute penalty from Nacer Chadli.

"We've got a strong side and a good mentality in the team and we're in good form at the minute – we're really confident," England midfielder Dele Alli told UEFA.com. "With the players we've got, we're hungry for every game and we want to win every match we play, no matter what league or cup it is. With the players we've got in the squad, we have the ability to do that."

Highlights: Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham
Highlights: Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham

Spurs could have been in a more formidable position had it not been for a wonder strike from Federico Bernardeschi – Fiorentina's first on-target effort of the night. It confirmed the adage that if you do not try, you will not succeed, and that is exactly how the forward felt when he caught a somewhat distant glimpse of goal.

"What can I say? I just took a chance and the ball went in under the crossbar," Bernardeschi said. "I'd say it came off pretty well." Most of the 15,000 fans at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, including Italy coach Antonio Conte, will likely agree, although there is no such agreement on who will progress to the last 16.

While Alli says Spurs "fancy ourselves against anybody", Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero insists the tie is not over yet. "It's undoubtedly positive for Tottenham to have scored a goal away from home, but we are determined to go through when we go to London," he said.