Thursday April 24 2014
Lichtsteiner: 'Avoidable goals'

Stephan Lichtsteiner admits Benfica’s two goals against Juventus were “avoidable,” but has faith in the Europa League.

The Bianconeri lost 2-1 in Lisbon and the second leg of this semi-final is next Thursday in Turin.

“When you lose, it’s never a good result,” Lichtsteiner told Sky Sport Italia.

“The important thing was to score here and we had the chance to net a second or third. We didn’t manage it, but those chances leave us confident for the second half.

“Unfortunately we conceded a silly goal after two minutes which was avoidable. On the second goal we were all lined up in defence, but weren’t focused enough and at this level that gets punished.

“We always had space to do something, even though we were too hasty in the first half. In the second we went down the flanks more.

“We are still in with a good chance of playing the Final in our home stadium.”