Prandelli’s Fiorentina will ‘attack’ Inter

Cesare Prandelli wants Fiorentina to play ‘open and attacking football’ against Inter in the Coppa Italia and hails Dusan Vlahovic.

The Round of 16 tie kicks off on Wednesday at 14.00 GMT.

“We must not see the Coppa Italia as an inconvenience. Those who step onto the field must trouble an excellent Inter squad and we want to play open and attacking football,” said Prandelli in his press conference.

The Viola are fresh from a much-needed Serie A victory over Cagliari.

“Many people kept saying we were not a relegation-level team, and yet we were always down there. We finally got down to the dirty work with Cagliari, showing determination and hunger.

“There’s a long way to go yet, but the foundations are there. We have to always approach games with the mentality that this is the last match of the season and we’re fighting for safety.”

Pietro Terracciano will start in goal and Gaetano Castrovilli returns after he was suspended against Cagliari, but Franck Ribery is still out injured.

“In order to combat the physicality of Inter, we must be faster and more concentrated on our marking. They are a squad well-equipped to win every tournament they are in, but there are some teams who are weaker than us and caused them problems with great performances, so why can’t we?”

Prandelli reserved praise for striker Dusan Vlahovic, who can’t seem to stop scoring at the moment.

“When you have young players, they are like sponges, eager to soak up information and learn constantly. I have seen very few players, perhaps only Adriano, who was this good at the age of 20. Having said that, we have to approach this with balance, because until a few weeks ago there were doubts about Vlahovic.

“The club is negotiating with his agent to decide his future.”

Fiorentina squad for Inter: Dragowski, Terracciano; Barreca, Biraghi, Caceres, Dalle Mura, Igor, Martinez Quarta, Milenkovic, Pezzella, Venuti; Amrabat, Bonaventura, Castrovilli, Duncan, Eysseric, Borja Valero, Krastev; Callejon, Kouame, Montiel, Vlahovic