Europa League 2013-14
Everybody is healthy. Or, at least we think they're healthy because Antonio Conte has basically told us so. Everybody who is eligible to be called up for tonight's second leg against Benfica has been called up. So, who plays in the second leg?
Juventus know exactly what they have to do Thursday night against Benfica. And to turn the Europa League final into a home game, that thing will be to win. Just win.
Juventus know that over the next two games, one of them is going to be played in front of their hometown crowd. The thing is, they don't want just one more European home game. They want two. They want to Europa League final to be their home game.
While Antonio Conte will be missing midfielder extraordinaire Arturo Vidal on Thursday night, the rest of Juventus' squad is ready to play against Benfica. The only question now is rather simple: Who will be the 11 players getting the start tonight?
Just 180 minutes separate Juventus between another home game. But first, the soon-to-be three-time Italian champions need to get past one of last season's finalists, Benfica, in the semifinals.
With a comfortable lead atop Serie A, on-field news is rather slow when it comes to Juventus. Tuttosport, however, floated out an interesting proposition — Sebastian Giovinco playing Serie A matches and Carlos Tévez in the Europa League. Hmmmmm...
With a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg against Lyon, a positive result will see Juventus head into the Europa League semifinals riding high. With the berth in the semis, the only thing separating the Europa League final from being a home game.
Following a rare setback in Serie A last Sunday, an away Europa League tie in France was a perfect opportunity for Juve to respond and get one step closer to that coveted final in Turin. It took until five minutes before the end to seal a victory.
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This may or may not mean Juventus wins or loses. You be the judge.