Fabio Grosso has spoken of his excitement at seeing two of his beloved teams drawn together in this season’s Europa League quarter-finals.
The Primavera coach joined the Bianconeri after completing a two-year spell with Lyon in 2009, and only has good things to say about his time at the Stade de Gerland.
Speaking exclusively to Juventus.com, the 36-year-old said: “They were two fantastic years. I had a great time at the club and hold fond memories of the experience. I must admit I got excited when I saw the draw, two teams that are important to me will be facing each other. I’m part of Juventus and will always have Lyon in my heart. I’ve got many friends there and enjoyed a fantastic experience.”
After agreeing on a switch from Inter to Lyon in the summer of 2007, Grosso enjoyed instant domestic success in his first season, winning a league and domestic cup double as part of a star-studded squad.
“I was lucky enough to play with world class talents like Juninho Pernambucano, Benzema, Keita and Toulalan. There are a couple of players who were youngsters when I was there and have subsequently managed to break into the first team. The club works very well, they’re serious and passionate about what they do.”
Looking ahead to the upcoming Europa League showdown, Grosso says the Bianconeri can expect a passionate but fair welcome by local supporters at the 43,000 capacity Stade de Gerland.
“It’s a nice stadium and a pleasure to play there. The support is passionate, but always sporting and fair. It will be an enjoyable celebration of sport.
“They will be two difficult games, but Juventus are aware of their strengths and possess the quality to give anyone a tough time. I’m convinced we’ll see two great matches.”