On Wednesday evening, Juventus showed up at Groupama Stadium in the favorite costume. But the Bianconeri came up against an OL team for the big nights.
Road to Istanbul. Next 30 May, the UEFA Champions League final will take place in Turkey. A meeting in which Juventus hopes to participate, especially Cristiano Ronaldo. But before getting there, the Bianconeri still have a way to go. The first obstacle to run was OL. Wednesday night, the Turinese therefore faced the men of Rudi Garcia at Groupama Stadium in the round of 16 first leg of the C1. Favorite before the start of the meeting, the Italians came across a Rhone team who had decided to activate the Champions League mode. Play, aggressiveness and envy: the Gones have put all the ingredients to tickle Juve. And it paid off.
The Bianconeri carried out a first indigestible period. In addition to a few opportunities signed Cristiano Ronaldo, who therefore did not score for the first time in 2020, Juventus was moved by the men of Rudi Garcia. It lacked speed, percussion and movement to hope to endanger Lyon. In the midfield, she also struggled to gain the upper hand while Houssem Aouar, Bruno Guimarães and Lucas Tousart were in the oven and in the mill. In the second period, Juve showed a better face by putting more rhythm and breadth in their game. But that was not enough for the Italians, much more gripable this season. At a press conference after the meeting Maurizio Sarri tried to explain the defeat.
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“In the first period, the ball went too slowly, there were too few movements. So if you lose the ball, you suffer like it happened to us. We conceded the goal when de Liga was outside (he was receiving treatment). The second period was better, but it's too little in the Champions League. Unfortunately, I can't get across the concept of moving the ball quickly. Fortunately, we have 90 minutes to fix it. Several players made position and movement errors that I requested. It comes from the fact that the ball went too slowly. To say that yesterday in training it was twice as fast.” Words that nevertheless illustrate certain difficulties within the training bianconera this season with Sarri.
Questioned by Sky Italia , Leonardo Bonucci also did not like the behavior of his team in Lyon. "An attitude problem?" Yes, the team was too long in the first half. Already during the warm-up, we understood that something was wrong. Did I reprimand Blaise Matuidi? No, I just told her that everyone should be focused. We have to wake up, not everyone was focused. It showed before the match. We gave a half-time to OL. In the second, we saw the real Juve ”. Less radiant and domineering, Juventus will quickly have to raise their heads since they will face Inter Milan on Sunday, March 1 during a decisive meeting for the Serie A title.