Giovinco and Vucinic can be key - Conte

The Italian feels his two forwards are capable of producing the individual brilliance required to unlock defences when sides attempt to stop his side from playing
Juventus boss Antonio Conte believes Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic could prove to be two of his key men as the season enters the home straight.

Both players have found themselves way down the Bianconeri pecking order this term, with Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez both preferred in attack.

However, after Giovinco inspired Juve to a 1-0 win at Lyon in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, Conte backed him and Vucinic to play crucial roles in the final games of the season.

He said: "We will find ourselves in situations similar to those at Lyon, where teams are closed and defensive... it's not that I expect something different.

"We are quite prepared, this is a situation that does not bother me. In such situations we have good players for one on one battles, players like Giovinco and Vucinic can, even in the tightest games, be an important weapon to disrupt the plans of opponents."

Juve face Livorno in Serie A on Monday as they bid to improve on a 2-0 defeat to Napoli in their last league outing, with Conte set to be boosted by the return of two of his first team squad.

"I am heartened by the recovery in the squad. [Angelo] Ogbonna is ready and we hope [Andrea] Barzagli will be ready for the run-in so we have more weapons at our disposal."