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      18.02.2014 15:36 - in: The team S

      Bianconeri gear up for Europa League opener

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      Antonio Conte puts his men through their paces as the build-up begins to Thursday’s Round of 32 first leg clash with Trabzonspor at Juventus Stadium

      Having regained their stride in Serie A with Sunday’s solid home success over Chievo, Juventus regrouped in Vinovo this morning to turn their attentions to Thursday evening’s Europa League opener against Trabzonspor.

      Antonio Conte’s side enter the competition at the Round of 32 stage, and will be looking to use home advantage in their favour by gaining a foothold in the tie ahead of next week’s return leg at Trabzon’s Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium. 

      While a series of disappointing domestic results ultimately cost Trabzonspor boss Mustafa Akcay his job earlier this month, the Turkish side remain unbeaten in their 12 European encounters contested this season, winning nine and drawing three en route to topping Group J.

      Conte will therefore be calling for a focused approach as he aims to guide his men towards a last-16 showdown against either Esbjerg or Fiorentina.

      Proceedings got underway with an instant focus on tactics and specific movements designed for Thursday’s 19.00 CET kick-off, with the manager taking centre stage as he worked on several combinations in both defensive and attacking scenarios.

      Tomorrow will see Conte joined by Angelo Ogbonna in speaking to the media at 13.30, with the team’s final preparations scheduled to begin an hour and a half later, at 15.00, from Juventus Center.

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