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Thursday April 24 2014
Vucinic-Tevez against Benfica?

Speculation is that Antonio Conte will opt for Mirko Vucinic to partner Carlos Tevez in attack against Benfica tonight.

Attention heading into the Europa League semi-final first leg at the Estadio da Luz had been on Tevez and his availability from the first minute, as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

However, reports are growing that the surprise may be in who he partners in attack from kick-off, with it seen that Conte is leaning towards Vucinic, ahead of Fernando Llorente.

With consideration to Benfica’s first-choice defensive pairing of Luisao and Ezequiel Garay both standing over 6ft, the Bianconero tactician is believed to be favouring a move to a more ‘unpredictable’ partnership of Tevez and Vucinic.

Tevez’s physical fitness, meanwhile, has reports also suggesting that the in-form Sebastian Giovinco will likely be handed some playing time off the bench as his replacement.

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