Wednesday April 23 2014
'Juve tie has double significance'

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has admitted that Juventus’ Europa League semi-final against Benfica has ‘a double significance’.

The Bianconeri face the Portuguese outfit in the first leg of their last four encounter on Thursday.

But the Calcio leader has conceded that the Turin side have the whole of Italian football on their shoulders.

“Everyone hopes that Juve can beat Benfica and make it to the final in Turin,” he told reporters.

“Tomorrow’s game really does have a double significance – not only for Juventus but for the whole of Italian football.

“Problems with competitiveness? That may be evident in the Champions League, but overall, our teams have done well in 2013/14.

“In terms of UEFA coefficient points, we’ve haven’t had a bad season.”

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