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Benfica fight fatigue

BENFICA coach Jorge Jesus will opt for his in-form Argentine duo of Enzo Perez and Nicolas Gaitan in midfield to help break down Fenerbahce in tonight's Europa League semi-final second leg.

Jesus blamed the 1-0 first leg defeat in Istanbul last week on the juggling act he must perform to rest key players and keep the squad fit as they chase a memorable treble consisting of a Portuguese league and cup double and the Europa League. Like Chelsea, Benfica are facing a burn-out scenario.

"Fatigue is our problem. We are fighting on all fronts," Jesus said.

The rotation policy paid dividends on Monday in a 2-1 league win at Maritimo that kept Benfica four points clear at the top with three matches to play.

Although Dutch winger Ola John is suspended, the Eagles fancy their chances in front of their fans.

"Some important players were missing and we lacked our usual passing precision," Uruguay right back Maxi Pereira said about the first leg which Fenerbahce won 1-0. "Benfica have overturned worse results. We strongly believe we can reach the final."