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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Confident Juve Ready for Rosenborg

TURIN, Italy -- Juventus coach Marcello Lippi has every reason to be relaxed and confident going in to Wednesday's European Cup quarterfinal second leg against Rosenborg.


Domestically, the holder has a five-point lead in serie A and show no signs of being caught.


In Norway's Rosenborg, it has -- on paper at least -- the weakest opponent in the last eight, with an away goal in the bag from the 1-1 first leg draw in Trondheim.


Other statistics also provide plenty of reassurance. Scandinavian teams have met Italian counterparts eight times in two-legged cup matches and always lost on aggregate.


Rosenborg dumped AC Milan out of this year's competition at the Champions' League stage but would have lost heavily on aggregate in a two-match confrontation.


Juventus also has yet to concede a goal at the Delle Alpi stadium in this year's campaign. It has not been beaten there in the cup since 1995 when it lost 2-1 to Germany's Borussia Dortmund but still won the trophy.


Given all that, Lippi should be sleeping well.


"For this game, we need the real Juventus, the side that plays with the right concentration, determination and conviction," he said during the weekend. "If any of these are missing, then we could be in for a surprise. But that won't happen."


Lippi may make only two changes from the side that beat Roma 3-0 Sunday, replacing the cup-tied Portuguese defender Manuel Dimas with Mark Iuliano and recalling Yugoslav midfielder Vladimir Jugovic in place of Alessio Tacchinardi.


Defender Moreno Torricelli is injured along with Gianluca Pessotto. Ciro Ferrara had a light form of influenza Monday but seems sure to play.


Italian international Alessandro Del Piero is still ruled out by injury while Croat striker Alen Boksic, with only 10 minutes of competitive soccer behind him in the last two months due to injury, will start as a substitute.


Rosenborg plans to take the game to Juventus from the start but coach Nils Arne Eggen admitted the odds are against his side. "We are not going to be cautious. We are not going to retreat. If we do that, then we have not got a chance," he said.


There are no injury problems but forward Harald Brattbakk was not happy about the prospect of being relegated to substitute again.


"I am in good shape. My speed would have been useful against the Italian defense," Brattbakk said.