Tottenham Hotspur will need to become the first English side to score away at Fiorentina if they are to stand a chance of denying the Serie A outfit a place in the round of 16.
The teams met for the first time in UEFA competition in the first leg, drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane. Roberto Soldado put Spurs in front after just six minutes, but the Viola registered an away goal before half-time through José Maria Basanta. They did also meet in two pre-season friendlies, Spurs prevailing 3-0 in 2001 and 3-2 in 2010, both games taking place at White Hart Lane.
Fiorentina have yet to lose (W3 D1) or concede a goal in four home encounters with English sides.
Spurs’ record in six away games against Italian sides is W1 D2 L3.
Fiorentina’s only previous two-legged knockout tie against English opponents was decided on penalties – the Viola squeezing past Everton FC on Merseyside in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16 in a shoot-out after the clubs had traded 2-0 home wins.
Spurs have won their last two round of 32 ties since bowing out to FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the same stage of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
Fiorentina have won just one of their last five European home games (W1 D2 L2); Spurs have lost just one of their last five on the road (W2 D2 L1)
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