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The former Bianconeri midfielder is expecting a tough battle but expects the Serie A champions to prevail and contest the showpiece on home soil

Alessio Tacchinardi is confident that Antonio Conte will guide Juventus past Benfica in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.

The Serie A champions were beaten 2-1 in Lisbon last week, but Tacchinardi - who wore the Juve jersey between 1994 and 2007 - has little doubt that they will turn things around and reach the final in Turin.

"Juventus will reach the final, although it will be a tough battle. They might suffer, but I have no doubt that they will reach the final at their own stadium," Tacchinardi told Goal.

"It will be a complicated game, but Juventus are the favourites for me. Home advantage will play a big role. I am confident that Juve can turn things around.

"Conte has already proven to be a great coach and can also bring the team's winning mentality to Europe.

"He deserves to reach the final for his commitment, his philosophy and his man-management."

The Europa League final takes place at the Juventus Stadium on May 14.

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