Juventus
    04.04.2014 00:03 - in: Europa League S

    Asamoah satisfied with second-half display

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    The Ghanaian wideman admits that the Bianconeri found it heavy going in the first 45 minutes but came into their own as the match wore on

    Lyon proved to be a stern test for Juve this evening and it took the Bianconeri a good hour to work their way up through the gears. After patiently biding their time, Conte's men found their feet as the match progressed and five minutes from the end Leonardo Bonucci pounced to smash home the winner.

    Kwadwo Asamoah recognised Juve's initial difficulties at the Stade de Gerland but felt they did enough following the restart to deserve their goal advantage.

    Speaking to the media after the final whistle, he began: "We played well in the second period. In the first half we tried to put into practice the things we'd rehearsed in training but we weren't able to do it very well. We showed more movement after the break. We did better when we weren't in possession too by keeping a high defensive line."

    Juve's rearguard has been reduced to the bare bones through injury and yet they held up well against Lyon, limiting their opponents to a single shot on goal. The midfielder went on: "We've got lots of injuries at the moment. There aren't many of us available so those who go out on the field are digging deep and trying to produce that bit extra.

    "If the gaffer says, 'Asa, you're playing' then I'm always ready, we all are. Getting onto the pitch is always good."

     

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