Sevilla take atwo-goal lead into the second leg against Valencia

While they close in on retaining the Serie A title, Juventus are confident they can overturn a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Benfica on Thursday.

The teams, both two-time European champions in the past, meet at the Juventus Stadium in Turin looking to clinch a place in the final, which will be played at the same venue on May 14.

That is a huge source of motivation for Juve, who are looking for a first European title in 18 years and are eyeing a trophy double after beating Sassuolo 3-1 on Monday.

“We are obviously satisfied with the victory against Sassuolo, but our thoughts move immediately to another important game against Benfica,” said Juve midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

“It will be a difficult match, but we already showed in the first leg that we were up to the task. We will give everything on the field and we are counting on the support of our fans.”

The two Spanish sides clash in the second leg of the other semi-final with Sevilla defending a 2-0 first-leg lead. Valencia are without on-loan Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu due to injury and must also cope in the absence of the suspended Paco Alcacer.AFP