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By ESPN Staff

Fiorentina planning to be positive at Ibrox

Alessandro Gamberini knows Fiorentina's UEFA Cup dream almost died the last time they played on British soil.

And the defender has called for a more positive attitude in the first leg of the semi-final against Rangers at Ibrox tonight.

The Viola were confident a 2-0 advantage from the home leg of their last-16 clash with Everton would be enough to see them comfortably progress but instead scraped through in a tense penalty shootout after a fighting performance from the Toffees at Goodison.

PSV Eindhoven were then disposed off as a place in the last four against Rangers was booked, and Gamberini is hoping the correct approach will swing the tie in the Fiorentina's favour ahead of next week's return in Florence.

'We need to have the right attitude,' he said. 'It's very important that we are still in the tie after this match. I'm sure Rangers will try to play a physical game.

'We have to show determination, more determination that we showed against Everton in Liverpool, but we also need to maintain our style of football.

'We were trying to achieve two objectives this season - either (qualification for) the Champions League or the UEFA Cup final.

'The fact that we still have a chance for both of these targets signifies that we have had a very good season.

'I don't know the Scottish players and I don't really know much about Scottish football. But I'm sure it's going to be a difficult game.'

Coach Cesare Prandelli agrees the performance against Everton was not good enough but insists his players have gained in confidence the further they have progressed in the tournament.

'When we tried to defend in Liverpool, we struggled so we must play effectively,' he said.

'The team is more confident and is more conscious that it can be dangerous. All these matches are very useful because the team has gained experience.

'The players are in good form. We are conscious of the difficulties of this match but what is important is to have the right attitude. We have had a great season so far and we want to continue doing well.'

Rangers boss Walter Smith has freely admitted his surprise at his side's progress to the semi-final of the UEFA Cup, a run that has seen them overcome Panathinaikos, Werder Bremen and Sporting Lisbon.

But Prandelli insisted: 'You could say the same for us. But we have given a very good performance and both ourselves and Rangers deserve to be here.'