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    20.04.2014 16:22 - in: The team S

    Ogbonna: “Full focus now on Lisbon”

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    Angelo Ogbonna analyses the Bianconeri’s latest league victory over Bologna before previewing their trip to Portugal to take on Benfica in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg

    After a win over Bologna that he believes sent out a strong statement of intent to Serie A chasers Roma, Angelo Ogbonna has said that the Bianconeri’s minds are now firmly on achieving another victory when they travel to Lisbon on Thursday.

    Benfica await at the Estadio da Luz, but first Antonio Conte’s men had to overcome a hurdle that was by no means easy at home to the Rossoblu last night.

    Speaking about the difficulty of negotiating yet another side who did all in their power to close gaps at the back and block the Bianconeri onslaught at Juventus Stadium, Ogbonna began: “Winning wasn’t a simple task. It was difficult finding space, but Paul did well to break the deadlock. Only right at the end was there an element of risk.  

    “It’s never easy being just one goal ahead, but we successfully held on to achieve our objective of sending out a message to Roma and making clear that we never give up.”

    The Giallorossi are not lying down either, chalking up another victory last night away at Fiorentina, but Ogbonna went on to underline that until Friday it’s the Europa League that’s at the forefront of Juve minds.

    “Now it’s time to concentrate on Europe. Benfica are a renowned team who play good football, and we’re already looking ahead to Thursday’s game.

    “We’ll be facing a fiery atmosphere so we’ll look to prepare for the fixture as best we can.”

    The 25-year-old defender concluded by expressing his satisfaction at being back to top physical fitness.

    “I’ve recovered well after the injury, and I’m happy with the work myself and the fitness trainers did to help me bounce back.”

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