Tuesday April 29 2014
Lichtsteiner 'optimistic' for Benfica

Stephan Lichtsteiner is “optimistic” for the Europa League semi-final with Benfica after Juventus put their hands on the Scudetto.

Last night’s 3-1 victory away to Sassuolo means the Bianconeri need just two points from the remaining three rounds to be sure of a third consecutive title.

They can therefore focus on overturning a 2-1 first leg defeat to Benfica, which would give them the home advantage in the Final.

“Our second half performance in Lisbon gives us optimism for the Europa League, though we did concede two stupid goals that we avoidable, as we weren’t focused enough,” the Swiss international told Sky Sport Italia.

“The important thing will be avoiding counter-attacks, as Benfica are truly dangerous on those. We need to be more concentrated.”

Lichtsteiner provided the assist for Fernando Llorente’s backheel flick goal against Sassuolo, the sixth strike he has set up for the Spaniard this season.

“I get along well with Llorente. It’d be a real shame if he and Carlos Tevez didn’t go to the World Cup, as they are top players. I hope to the end that they can get the call.”

Juventus can mathematically win the Scudetto next Monday against Atalanta in Turin.

“It is important to have a Coach like Antonio Conte who always has his mind on the team. I can only compliment Roma, as they have had an extraordinary campaign. It’s not over yet, though.”

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