Champions League

Fearless Lyon can dump Juventus out of Champions League - Depay

Fit-again Lyon captain Memphis Depay says the Ligue 1 side will head to Turin with no fear of facing the Serie A champions.

Depay says fearless Lyon can dump Juve out of Champions League

Memphis Depay says Lyon will take a fearless approach when they attempt to knock Juventus out of the Champions League on Friday. Lyon travel to Turin with a 1-0 advantage from a first leg that was staged way back in February, with the second leg delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rudi Garcia's side were beaten on penalties by Paris Saint-Germain in a Coupe de la Ligue final last Friday that was their first competitive match since March. While the Ligue 1 season could not be finished due to the coronavirus pandemic, Juve returned to Serie A action in June and last week sealed a ninth consecutive title.

Depay knows that will be an advantage for the Italian champions, but the Lyon captain - who made his comeback against PSG after recovering from a knee injury - believes his side can defy the odds and reach the quarter-finals.

He is quoted as saying by UEFA.com: "[The first leg] was the first match I watched [after suffering a serious knee injury], and I saw a team spirit that made me so very happy.

"Juve weren't playing well. But now, months later, the situation is totally different. They have now played more matches than we have, so many aspects are now completely different to normal.

"But that has allowed me to be able to play in the Champions League. I am ready."

He added: "With the new rules [one-off games from the last eight onwards], anyone can be favourites. Because you know there are only one-off games.

"And Juventus have some very experienced players when it comes to playing finals. We, on the contrary, have a lot of young players who don't have much experience with the pressure of playing in finals and the Champions League.

"We'll just have to see. I do know that we have a very eager team and that we are definitely not afraid."