Coach Fabio Capello believes prudence is the key to Juventus FC overturning a 2-1 deficit against Liverpool FC.
By Paolo Menicucci
Fabio Capello insists caution is the key word for his Juventus FC players as they look to overturn a 2-1 deficit when Liverpool FC visit Turin for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
The Bianconeri overcame Real Madrid CF in the Round of 16, despite losing the opening game in Spain, and although Capello believes a similar outcome will be achieved against the Premiership side, he has urged his players to be patient when the teams meet again at the Stadio Delle Alpi.
Fabio Cannavaro's away goal at Anfield could prove crucial but Capello said: "We have to be aggressive and try to score but we also need to remain alert to the threat of Liverpool's counterattacks. We need to attack in a prudent way, waiting patiently for our chances during the game."
Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina is injured but midfielder Emerson is ready to return to the starting lineup after being rested for Saturday's 3-3 draw at ACF Fiorentina. However, David Trezeguet has failed to recover from his ankle injury, Ciro Ferrara and Olivier Kapo are long-term casualties and Alessio Tacchinardi serves the second game of a two-match suspension.
Del Piero determination
Capello's frontline should feature Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish striker with 12 Serie A goals this season but none on the European stage, alongside a confident Alessandro Del Piero. "I think we can trouble Liverpool with quick passes and precise one-twos in attack," the captain said. "They are very good in the air so it would be better for us to keep the ball on the ground. Liverpool are a dangerous side and have played well away from Anfield this season, but I'm sure we can qualify."
Meanwhile, Rafael Benítez will be without influential skipper Steven Gerrard, whose long-standing groin problem flared up again during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City FC. "Everyone knows Gerrard is a key player for us but we will try to do different things without him," said Liverpool's manager. Sami Hyypiä should take the captain's armband.
Dietmar Hamann and Harry Kewell are still recuperating after injuries, meaning Xabi Alonso could make his first start since fracturing his ankle three months ago. "There is no problem with his ankle but I don't know if he's in the physical condition required at this level," explained Benítez. "We will decide tomorrow whether he will play the second half or whether he can start."
Cissé in reserve
Brighter news for Liverpool is the comeback - after six months out with a broken leg - of French striker Djibril Cissé, whom Benítez will hold in reserve in case of emergencies. "He will not start the match but maybe we will use him in the last 20 minutes if we need something different as he is quick and can score goals," the Spaniard said.
Aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1985, the four-time European champions will hope to score first and then keep things tight. "We are going to Turin to win the match," added Benítez. "We will try to be compact in defence and try to score a goal. If you try to win maybe you can draw and those two results are good for us. Juve will surely attack but that will leave us space."