Lyon will be the opponent of Juventus in the Last 16 of the Champions League knockout rounds. The first leg will be played at Parc OL on Wednesday 26 February 2020, while the return match will be played at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday 17 March 2020.
Champions League: Discovering Lyon
8th in Ligue 1 with 25 points, Lyon started the season with the Brazilian, Silvinho on the bench, then replaced on 14 October by Rudi Garcia. The French coach previous managed Roma, from 2013 to 2016 for three seasons. Their league performances so far have been mixed: Seven victories, four draws and seven defeats, with 28 goals scored and 17 against.
Garcia has played his Starting XI with a dynamic 4-2-3-1 in the last few matches. Featuring the likes of Anthony Lopes in goal, ex-Manchester United full-back Rafael, Joachim Andersen, purchased from Sampdoria in the summer. Forwards, Memphis Depay who previously also starred for Man Utd and Moussa Dembelè, who in his second season after his arrival from Celtic, has scored 10 goals in all competitions, only better by Depay (14).
Lyon, finish in second place in the group stage with 8 points in Group G, behind RB Leipzig (11). A path that has seen the French side end with two wins, two draws and two defeats, with nine goals scored and eight conceded. The two wins coming against Leipzig (2-0 in Germany) and Benfica (3-1) at Parc OL, a stadium inaugurated in 2016 and capable of holding 59,186 spectators. Their topscorer in Europe so far has been Dutchman Depay with five goals, followed by one each from Traorè, Andersen, Houssem Aouar and Martin Terrier.
Last season, Lyon was eliminated in the knockout rounds by Barcelona, while their best finish dates back to 2009/2010, when they reached the semi-finals, with Miralem Pjanic a part of that team.
Juventus and Lyon have met four times in their history in official matches. In the Champions League the only precedent dates back to 2016, in the group stage. In France the Bianconeri won for 1-0 thanks to a beautiful goal from Juan Cuadrado, while in Turin the match ended 1-1 with goals from Gonzalo Higuain from the penalty spot and the equaliser coming from Corentin Tolisso. The other double-header dates back to the Europa League quarter-finals in 2013/2014. With the Old Lady winning away 1-0 thanks to Leonardo Bonucci's goal and a 2-1 victory at Allianz Stadium featuring Andrea Pirlo's goal, an equaliser by Jimmy Briand and a decisive own-goal by Samuel. Umtiti.
Juventus, in their last eight Champions League matches against French teams, have secured six wins and two draws (with five clean sheets). In the modern European competitions Juve have always got through the knockout clashes against French teams, winning four out of four (once against Nantes and three against Monaco). Lyon have lost six of their last nine matches against the Italian sides in the European cups (two draws and a win over Roma in March 2017) and were beaten in the two previous rounds of the Champions League against Italian sides, Milan in 2006 and Rome in 2007.
Four goals and four assists in Cristiano Ronaldo's 10 previous Champions League matches against Lyon. In the last meeting he scored both goals in a 2-0 win in November 2011 on the road for Real Madrid.