Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Juventus will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the Champions League tie against Olympique Lyon when they host les Gones at their Allianz Stadium on Friday evening. The Bianconeri impressed in the 2019/20 Serie A campaign, with the team defending Scudetto without any difficulties. Maurizio Sarri’s men are now on a quest to go all the way in the elite competition, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Olympique Lyon in the return leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the starting XI after he was rested in a 3-1 loss to Roma, while Paulo Dybala is rated doubtful for Friday’s clash. Despite producing a fine display in the Coupe de la Ligue final, Lyon eventually suffered a loss to PSG on penalties. The Ligue 1 side are eager to defend their slim lead in the Allianz Stadium clash, but home win should be considered as Juve have turned their home ground into a real fortress.
Highlighted Player (Cristiano Ronaldo):
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the world’s best football players. The Portuguese ace was born on 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira and he played for the likes of Andorinha, Nacional and Sporting during his youth career. CR7 made his Sporting debut in Primeira Liga on 7 October, 2002, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Moreirense.
Manchester United scouts spotted him and one year later he joined the Old Trafford outfit. Ronaldo became the most expensive teenager in the history of the Premier League and he received the number 7 shirt. He quickly established himself as the team’s key player and it has to be noted that he won three consecutive Premier League trophies with the Red Devils (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009). In 2008 he helped the Old Trafford outfit beat Chelsea in the Champions League final, scoring for Alex Ferguson’s troops in the regular time.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 and he helped the Spanish giants with two Champions League trophies. In 2016 he won the European Championship trophy with Portugal. The Real Madrid ace has two Golden Ball awards (2013, 2014).
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.