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10 apr 2008 - Source:

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Fiorentina keeper Frey estimates his team's chances of booking a place in the UEFA Cup semi-finals at 40%, but coach Cesare Prandelli wants his players to surge forward, knowing they need to score a goal in order to get a chance in the return leg. If statistics are anything to go by, the team from Florence will face a tall task, as they have won only three of their last fifteen away games in Europe.
'It's going to be a very difficult game, because we must start furiously and surge forward as much as possible', announced Prandelli. 'But at the same time we must see to it that we are well-organised at the back. The important thing is not to concede an early goal. If we manage to do so, we will be in the game for the full 90 minutes', said the La Viola coach.

Fiorentina have won only three from their last fifteen away games in Europe, while PSV have remained unbeaten in their last four away games, scoring at least one goal: CSKA Moscow-PSV 0-1, Helsingborgs IF-PSV 1-2, Tottenham Hotspur-PSV and Fiorentina-PSV 1-1. PSV beat Helsingborgs IF 2-0 at home. They slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at the Philips Stadium, but reached the final eight, following a successful penalty shoot out.
Three Fiorentina players, Marco Donadel, Montolivo and captain Tomš Ujfaluši, will be suspended for the next match if they pick up a yellow card tonight. Two PSV players, Danko Lazovic and Dirk Marcellis, are within a booking of a one-match ban. Tonight's winners will meet either Rangers FC or Sporting Clube de Portugal in the semi-finals, playing the first leg away on 24 April and the home game on 1 May. Rangers FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal settled for a goalless draw in Scotland in the quarter-final first leg.