Juventus wants to keep the dream of the Champions alive

Juventus wants to keep the dream of the Champions alive

The Turin team receives Olympique de Lyon this Friday with the series against.

With the aim of A series fulfilled, despite suffering in the end, Juventus has his mind set on Champions League, a tournament that has been elusive for 24 years. And so Maurizio Sarri has not stopped working thinking about the duel before Olympique de Lyon for the round of the round of 16.

Although Vecchia Signora has the score against (1-0), history supports a team that at home has never lost against this rival. In fact, in two previous matches, Juve was left with four points (win in 2014 and draw in 2016).

Sarri knows that coming back has never been easy, that now at this time it is more complicated and that even though his rival has stopped competing months ago, he cannot be trusted. As for the data, Juventus has barely advanced in five of the 11 qualifiers in which it has lost the first match, a bad precedent thinking about what is coming this Friday.

However, on the French side, the story is not very supportive either. Of the last five times that O. de Lyon went to Italy, for European competitions, he lost in four and to find that single triumph it is necessary to go back, until 2008, when they beat Fiorentina in the Champions League.

This week it was learned that Cristiano Ronaldo redoubled work, also rest times. The Portuguese wants to go for the maximum objective, for which he arrived in Turin and the one that has moved away in the last two years. It is the main weapon of the Italians, the successful man on a continental level.

The idea is to keep the dream alive, remove all ghosts of elimination and advance to the quarterfinals to travel to Portugal and continue on the desired path. Sarri is clear about it as well as that, in case of losing, he could say goodbye to the Juve leadership.

Possible lineups:

Juventus: Szczesny, Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Álex Sandro. Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot, Dybala, Higuaín and Cristiano.

Lyon: Lopes, Denayer, Marcelo, Marçal, Dubois, Caqueret, Guimarães, Aouar, Cornet, Depay and Dembélé.

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