Olympique Lyonnais – Juventus
Juventus are going to be the absolute favourite when they visit Olympique Lyonnais at the Groupama Stadium in a first game from the 1/8-finals of the Champions League. This is the usual moment when our Champions League predictions are going to arrive to you. Let’s get to work.
Juventus are dominating the Serie A in the last decade, but their biggest goal remains winning the Champions League. For the last time the Bianconeri won the competition in 1996 and they played several finals since then, but lost all of them. Is Maurizio Sarri the man to finally deliver the Champions League trophy to Turin? Or maybe this man is going to be Cristiano Ronaldo?
Juve were pretty flawless in the group stage, doing one draw against Atletico Madrid and winning all of the other five games they had. But the manager Sarri and his players are perfectly aware that the big challenge starts now. And Olympique Lyonnais are the first step to make towards the big final and the trophy.
On Saturday Juventus achieved another Serie A win against SPAL. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 21th goal in the league for the season, while Aaron Ramsey also put the ball in the net.
Olympique Lyonnais are not having their best season. They already sacked Sylvinho – the manager who started the season in Lyonnais, replacing him with Rudi Garcia. So far Garcia’s results are not perfectly consistent, but after all he didn’t have the chance to work with the team during the summer. He’s adapting to the team while the season is already underway.
Les Gones won two of their last three matches in all competitions, which is a sign of some improvement for them. But you can be sure that facing a club like Juventus is going to be a completely different thing.
In our Champions League predictions we consider Juventus as the team which is going to dictate this game against Olympique Lyonnais. French clubs should not be underrestimated, but the Bianconeri are a different beast compared to Olympique Lyonnais.