Memphis Depay notes that Olympique Lyon players are keen to assert themselves in the Champions League this month. The tournament setup from the quarterfinals gives the French club extra motivation for Friday's return against Juventus.
Olympique Lyon won the first game with Juventus in the eighth finals at the end of February 1-0, but due to the corona crisis, the return in Turin can only be played this week. The circumstances now seem to be in favor of 'Juve', which has played a lot of duels in recent months and therefore has more rhythm than Lyon.
"The team spirit with us in the first game of the diptych was very nice for me to see as a spectator, but months later the situation is completely different," emphasizes Memphis who recovered from a serious knee injury in an interview on the site of the UEFA.
"Juventus has played more duels than we have, so the situation is far from normal. They also have some very experienced players who know what it's like to play such important games and deal with that pressure. It's less with us, but we are eager and certainly not afraid of Juventus. "
Memphis Depay made his official comeback at Olympique Lyon in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue on Friday evening. (Photo: Pro Shots)
'Everyone can be a favorite with the new rules'
Should Lyon manage to hold out against Matthijs de Ligt's Juventus, the team can go to Lisbon, where the Champions League will be completed in tournament form. From the quarterfinals, the showdowns between clubs are decided in one game, which increases the title chances for the smaller clubs on paper.
"With the new rules, everyone can be a favorite," Memphis agrees. "It would mean a lot to us if we reach that tournament. After such a difficult period, we have gathered again to prepare for a very important game in a short time. We would really make a statement if we continue."
The other returns in the eighth finals are Manchester City-Real Madrid, FC Barcelona-Napoli and Bayern Munich-Chelsea. Those games will also be played this week. RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Atlético Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are already sure of a place in the last eight.
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