Here we go. Spurs need to win and score at least one goal in order to advance to the next round of the UEFA Europa League, but they have to do it against an in-form Fiorentina team in Florence, three days before a cup final against Chelsea. It's not going to be easy.
Fiorentina are missing two of their starters: keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, and midfield general Borja Valero, but expect them to field a very strong side against Spurs. Tottenham doesn't have that luxury – they need to rotate, and rely on their second-string players to excel. A win today not only sends them to the Europa League Round of 16, but also gives them a massive boost of confidence heading into what promises to be a much tougher task against Chelsea.
It's a massive, huge European game. It'll be difficult, but totally possible. Come on you Spurs.
How to Watch
Match Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 6 pm GMT (1:00 p.m. ET)
Location: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy
Weather: Partly cloudy, high 13º C, low 3º C.
TV/Streaming: This match will be televised in the USA, though you might not necessarily like where it is. It's on Fox Sports 2, which may or may not be in HD on your local cable package. You can also stream it (for a fee) on Fox Soccer 2GO (which is offering a free one-week trial for new subscribers), or on ESPN3... en Español. UK residents can watch it on BT Sport 2. Canadians: Sportsnet 1, Aussies are streamed only via beIN Sports Connect Australia. Are you in Greece? Try Nova Sports 1. Elsewhere, find your local listings for the match here.
Radio: BBC Radio London 94.9 normally broadcasts Spurs' matches (unavailable in the USA without a proxy). If you are a (free) MySpurs or OneHotspur member you can listen on Spurs' official website, though it's not always reliable.
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