22.04.2014 12:54 - in: Europa League S

    Marchisio inspired to reach final European hurdle

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    Claudio Marchisio underlines his strong motivation to be a part of the Europa League final in his home town by overcoming Benfica in the semi-finals

    Claudio Marchisio has emphasised his desire to be running out at Juventus Stadium when the Bianconeri’s home ground hosts the Europa League final on 14 May.

    It’s the very first time the stadium has been chosen as the venue for a European showpiece, and the Turin-born midfielder is determined to be a part of it with his home-town club by overcoming Benfica in the semi-finals.

    Speaking to UEFA.com ahead of Thursday’s first leg in Lisbon, the 28-year-old began:  "When we moved into the knockout phase of the Europa League, the fact that the final would be at home clearly gave us an added boost."

    But it’s not just Marchisio who is keen to lift the trophy at Juventus Stadium; the whole Juve side are fired up to put an end to the club’s 17-year wait for continental glory.

    "Many players in this team have never won a European competition and Juventus haven't won a trophy in Europe for so many years.

     "When you reach this stage of the competition motivation can make the difference. So even if we're coming to the end of the season and our legs are beginning to feel heavy, the trophy can give you that energy to give that bit extra."

    But Marchisio recognises that the Bianconeri will have to be at their best to overcome opposition who narrowly missed out on lifting the Europa League trophy last year, beaten as they were in the final by Chelsea, and approach the tie fresh from winning their domestic league.

    “We'll come up against a side that in recent years, not only in their own league but in competitions like the Europa League, have done really well, even if they have lost some finals.

    "Clearly they have the experience and the players with the qualities and characteristics to cause us difficulty. We have to think about them and think of the game as another final. There will be two quality teams that will try and put on a spectacle in these two matches.

    “For our part, we hope we have the right belief to reach our objective, which is to play the final in Turin." 

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