Monday December 16 2019
Juninho: 'Juve are favourites'

Olympique Lyonnais legend Juninho Pernambucano believes Juventus are favourites in the Champions League Round of 16. “They are a mix of hard work and quality.”

Juninho, now director of sport at French club, believes that Juve are firm favourites to advance after today's draw.

“Juve are a mix of hard work and quality. We are talking about a very strong squad, with Cristiano Ronaldo one of the best players in the history of football," said Juninho.

“Their defence is solid, the attack is deadly, and the midfield is creative."

The first leg will be in Lyon on February 26, with the decider in Turin on March 17.

“The Bianconeri are favourites, I don’t want to say that we have already lost, but to win we will need a perfect day, with our goalkeeper saving everything and exploiting any opportunities.

“Only this way can we have any hope of progressing.”

Juve and Lyon last met in the 2016-17 Champions League group stages, with the Italian champions winning in Lyon before drawing 1-1 in Turin.

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