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Juventus - OL : Something massive at stake! (21h, on RMC Sport)

Published on 06 August 2020 at 9:36 AM
Juventus - OL : quelque chose de grand à réaliser ! (21h, sur RMC Sport)
This Friday in Turin, OL reunite with Juventus five months after the first leg won at Groupama Stadium to play the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.

The context

Even though five long months have passed since the first leg, no one has forgotten the enormous achievement of February 26 in a fiery Groupama Stadium Rudi Garcia's men. Against one of the very great sides in Europe, Juventus, Lyon had done more than hold their own with a 1-0 victory. Despite the health crisis and the stoppage of competitions in the past few months, OL's ambition has not changed at all when it comes time to challenge the Old Lady on their pitch, which comes after a Coupe de la Ligue final against PSG which was frustrating and cruel but also generated a lot of hope for this Round of 16 second leg of the Champions League.

 

The challenge

It is simple: a coveted ticket to the Final 8 in Lisbon in this most prestigious of competitions. Because an exceptional year has required it, UEFA has decided to review the format of the Champions League; the quarterfinals, and semifinals will be played over a single round, behind closed doors, in the Portuguese capital. If they qualify, OL would challenge the winner of the round of 16 match between Real Madrid and Manchester City ... enough to make your mouth water!

 

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The opponent

He could be the big absentee from this Bianconeri side --  struck with a thigh injury on July 26, Paulo Dybala has been called into the Turin side's squad for this match but is far from certain of being able to start. His is an absence which could weigh heavy on a Juventus team which is far from its usual form with mixed results since the resumption of competition in June with only six games won out of the 14 played. Helped by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is still influential with 40% of his team's goals, that did not prevent the hosts from winning a 9th consecutive league title.

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