Wednesday March 19 2014
Pasqual: I’d pay for 0-0

Fiorentina captain Manuel Pasqual says he would give money for his side to secure a goalless draw at home to Juventus tomorrow.

That result would be enough to see the Viola secure Europa League progression against their old rivals on away goals, with the first leg of the tie having ended 1-1 last week.

“I would pay for a 0-0,” Pasqual said at the pre-match Press conference ahead of the match at Artemio Franchi.

“I had hoped that a tie with Juventus wouldn’t come so soon.

“I was initially pleased we got Esbjerg in the Last 32 but then we got Juventus in the next round.

“We now hope to turn the tables on them.

“There is a chance here for us to put one hand on the trophy.

“This Fiorentina, compared to Prandelli’s, has a different mentality. One where we always try to play.

“If I could take one Juve player out of the game it would be Pirlo, a player who can make all the difference.”

The 32-year-old then discussed the meaning of the match to the club’s fans and to the city.

“This match is one with a difference, the city is absolutely buzzing about it.

“We will approach it with great calmness, so it will be the public who will need to fire us up.

“There is a great buzz around the city, but also the sensation that we have already got through.

“It is not like that at all, we know the potential that Juventus have.

“Is tomorrow the highlight of my career? I hope not.

“I would say it’s equal to the Coppa Italia.”