Friday August 9 2013
Grasshoppers hail Fiorentina

Grasshoppers are excited about facing Fiorentina in the Europa League play-off. “They are super-attractive opponents.”

The Swiss club are one of the toughest options the Viola could’ve had in the draw, which was completed today in Nyon.

The first leg will be in Zurich on August 22 and the return at the Stadio Franchi on August 29.

“Brilliant! Fiorentina are a top Italian side with a number of talented individuals, most notably Mario Gomez. It is a great challenge,” said Coach Michael Skibbe.

President André Dosé agreed and told the club website “Fiorentina are super attractive opponents. It is indeed very difficult, but we take each game as it comes now. The team can only grow by taking on Fiorentina.”

Captain Veroljub Salatic is “really looking forward” to the play-offs. “It’s a desired opponent, so this is sensational! Of course, Fiorentina are a major challenge to be compared with Lyon.”