"It will be a very difficult match and we need a great performance to overcome this obstacle," said Mancini. "I don't know if Fiorentina can be considered competitive right away. Playing in the UEFA Cup and Serie A can be very tiring in the long run and this year will certainly have caused them problems.
"Over the years they will become a great side. Although not Scudetto contenders now because with a lot of young players there can be a lack of consistency, if they remain united for a number of years then they can create a winning cycle."