Rudi García: “We want to be in Lisbon, it is an obsession”

Rudi García: "We want to be in Lisbon, it is an obsession"

The Lyon coach believes in his team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals, but knows that it will be difficult to beat Juventus.

Olympique de Lyon defeated 1-0 Juventus in the first leg the round of 16 of the Champions League and on Friday he will visit the Allianz Stadium from Turin with the hope of sealing his pass to Final 8 of the continental tournament. Rudi García, coach of the French team, knows that the task will be difficult, but he is confident in the possibilities of his managers.

“See you in Lisbon? Frankly yes! It is an obsession, we want to be in Lisbon! Given the opponent that is proposed to us, we will say that it is 50-50, but we must remember that we beat them. It was a magnificent game at home and We achieved the feat of beating Juve. We did not receive any goals and we hope that Lucas Tousart’s goal will weigh in the balance when the end of the second leg arrives. What is certain is that we will not be content to defend that advantage. everything possible to score in the Juventus stadium, “explained the DT in dialogue with RMC Sport.

And he added: “We have to concentrate our strength and energy in this match and we know that if we score a goal, they will have to score three times. If we make a goal we don’t have to panic, or think that everything is defined. We will have to be focused throughout the match hoping that we don’t need to go into overtime. But if we do, we had a good preparation in the final of the League Cup. “

Rudi García is aware that eliminating Juventus would be a great achievement: “What does Juve inspire me? Respect! I hear a lot of debate about the quality of Juventus’ game. But when you don’t need 38 days to be crowned champion of Italy for the ninth consecutive time … I think everything is said. Juve does not lose. We know who we played against. We played against a team that, since signing Cristiano Ronaldo, has been built to win the Champions League, like Paris Saint-Germain “

The Lyon coach, however, refuses to be pessimistic and think of one season without competing in international tournaments. “There is no point in talking about it. If we want to get closer to the game in the best conditions, this is not the time to talk about next season. We have a game to play, a qualification. For now, that is enough for our concentration. We have We have to focus on that. As I was saying, if we only play to not concede a goal, we will lose and we will be eliminated, so we must also play our game, attack and score. “

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