If it’s probably fair to say that Juventus are overwhelming favorites to reach the quarterfinals at Lyon’s expense.
“OL are favourites for nothing, this morning, unless it’s a beating: that’s the price to pay for a so-so season and a balance of power that seems unequal,” wrote L’Equipe’s Vincent Duluc.
“Juventus have more experience, talent and collective quality. It’s hard to see what the Old Lady has less of, unless it’s youth.”
Nonetheless Lyon can take inspiration from the feats of Ajax last season. The Dutch club dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League last season at the last-16 stage and then stunned Juve in the quarterfinals, before losing in the semifinals to Tottenham Hotspur.
Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele lies on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Zenit and Lyon at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg on November 27, 2019. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV
“Are we worried about facing Juventus and Ronaldo? No fear. We know our strengths. It’s now up to us to deliver and play a great game,” Moussa Dembele told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s game.
“As a striker, I’m here to score, but I don’t feel any extra pressure. I’ll play the way I always do and hopefully deliver a great game for the team.”
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia added: “[Ronaldo] is a wonderfully dedicated player. It’s great to be facing him, even though we won’t have a specific plan to deal with him, because if you do that you would need plans for Dybala and Higuaín too.
“They have too many great players to deal with them all individually. It has to be a team effort.”