Lyon manager Remi Garde and striker Alexandre Lacazette have expressed their intention to do all in their power to triumph against Juventus in the Europa League quarter-final tie which they regard as still wide open.
The French pair admitted that the Bianconeri will perhaps be the stronger side lining up at Juventus Stadium tomorrow night, but insisted they have confidence in their chances to make the most of 90 minutes in which anything could happen.
Speaking at Lyon’s pre-match press conference, the manager began by dismissing the idea that the precious away victory Juve gained in France might make the hosts complacent: “They’re realistic in their mentality, and I don’t think taking advantage of their confidence will be a factor.
“Juve are perhaps the stronger side, but there’s no science in 90 minutes of football and anything can happen. We believe we can do it.
“We’re here to overturn the situation we find ourselves in after the first leg, but we know that we can cause them some problems by showing the same spirit we had that day and making the most of our chances.”
Garde then continued to reflect further on what’s required to counteract last week’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Bianconeri.
“Lots of ingredients need to come together: great concentration, determination, togetherness between the lads and a bit of luck. We’ll have to be strong in both attack and defence.
“The situation is relatively simple. We’re a goal down so we have to score and above all not concede again.”
Lyon will be backed by a large travelling following at Juventus Stadium tomorrow, and Garde concluded with a promise to try and make them proud.
“I have to thank them, they play an important role. We all know that it will be difficult against this great side, but we’ll give everything for them as we’ve always done in these past months. I want us to leave the field with no regrets.”
Sitting alongside Garde in the press suite at Juventus’ home ground was hotshot striker Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon’s top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 14 goals.
And the 22-year-old echoed his boss’ belief in the French side’s chances tomorrow night.
Lacazette began: “There’s a game still to play and the result in the first leg gives us hope – it’s not as though we lost 4-0. We created some problems for Juve, too, and if chances come our way we’ll take them.
“We’ve scored four in this competition already. Juve are especially strong in defence, but it’s an important game and we’ll see what we manage to do tomorrow.”