Location, schedule, broadcasts… Practical information about the match
Wednesday evening, the actors of this round of 16 first leg of the Champions League have an appointment at Groupama Stadium. Kick-off at 9 p.m. of a match broadcast on RMC Sport but also available live commented on our Figaro / Sport 24 website. Whether it is before and after the match, you will know everything that is happening at Lyon with our special envoys, Baptiste Desprez and Christophe Remise.
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Was a match cancellation due to the Coronavirus?
No. Despite growing concern in Europe and in particular after the discovery of multiple cases of Coronavirus in Italy, especially in Piedmont, in Turin, no action has been taken by the competent authorities. Nearly 3,000 Italian supporters are expected at Groupama Stadium on Wednesday evening and nearly 60,000 people will line the spans of the enclosure. However, UEFA, in charge of organizing the meeting, the French and Italian Health Ministries have continued to exchange views to deal with any eventuality.
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Who is the favorite of this round of 16 first leg of the C1?
Without possible discussion, Juventus Turin. If the match was contested only in terms of prize list, experience or quality of staff, Juve would have already won the bet. It is a monster of European football which arrives at the Gones this Wednesday. Reigning Italian champions, the men of Maurizio Sarri - who replaced Massimilano Allegri last summer - simply aim for victory in the Champions League. "Juve isn't afraid of anyone," Blaise Matuidi told us last Thursday in Turin. There remains an unknown, the main one: the terrain. Without Depay, Lyon approaches this meeting in the shoes of the outsider who has decided to shake the established hierarchy. To achieve this, OL count on the support of Groupama Stadium, a transfigured team and why not a helping hand of fate.
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Has Cristiano Ronaldo grown old this season?
No way. Wednesday, the number 1 danger for OL will of course be called Cristiano Ronaldo. The 35-year-old Portuguese man shows that age has no control over him and continues to drive the meters away this season. Club and selections combined, he has already scored 36 times ... in 36 outings in the shirt of the Piedmontese. Stunning. He is already doing better than last season where he had scored 31 times in 47 games. Even more frightening for Lyon, CR7 scored in each of their 9 matches played in 2020, for a total of 13 achievements. Who still dares to speak of old age?
How does Juventus behave against French clubs?
Very well. Not to say that she excels. To better understand the difficulty of the task that awaits OL, it suffices to look at the history of the confrontations between Juventus and the French clubs. To be clear, the Old Lady has always qualified in a double confrontation to direct eliminatory in the era of the Champions League against a formation of the Hexagon. This has happened four times already. Facing Nantes in 1996 and against Monaco three times in 1998, 2015 and 2017. Statistics which confirm the resounding achievement that would be a qualification of the Lyonnais in a month in Turin.
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