Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Maurizio Sarri slams Juventus players after UCL defeat to Lyon

Maurizio Sarri slams Juventus players after UCL defeat to Lyon

Aaron Ramsey remains "confident" Juventus will make it through to the Champions League quarter-finals despite Wednesday's loss to Lyon.

Juventus's hopes of reaching the Champions League last eight suffered a blow when the two-times European Cup winners slumped to a 1-0 defeat in their last-16 first leg at Olympique Lyonnais yesterday.

Lucas Tousart grabbed the only goal of the game as a confident Lyon side game themselves a slender advantage to take to Turin.

Portugal global Cristiano Ronaldo was on Wednesday night, February 26, approached for selfie by a pitch invader who stormed the field in serious attempt to take a snapshot with the football star. We were always second, played long and we were distant between the departments and not very aggressive.

Juve coach Maurizio Sarri was incensed by both penalty decisions, leaping up and down on the touchline. "The second half was better, but frankly it's not enough for a Champions League match".

Yet he was equally bemused by his team's inability to move the ball quickly.

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"I continued to tell them, and there were many who were doing it, moving the ball too slowly and therefore getting into the wrong positions".

He also believes the Italian champions would turn things around in Turin.

After a cagey start, Lyon made a clear chance when Karl Toko-Ekambi's header at the near post from Houssem Aouar's corner hit the crossbar.

Juventus were at the time down to 10 men as Matthijs de Ligt was getting treatment for blood on his head after being accidentally stamped on by his teammate Alex Sandro. However, close to 3,000 fans from Italy are expected at the game.

France has reported four other new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, including two people returning from Italy, bringing the total number of infections to 17. Lyon's goal is to have a good season every year and win trophies. France's health minister Olivier Veran and Lyon's club president said there was no valid reason to stop Italian fans from attending.

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