Friday August 7 2020
Nedved: 'Juventus judged over a season'

Pavel Nedved insists Juventus ‘coaches, players and directors are judged over the course of a season’ and not on tonight’s Champions League clash with Lyon.

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The first leg ended 1-0 for the French side back in February, so the Bianconeri must win by two clear goals to reach the Champions League Final Eight in Portugal.

Nedved was asked if this evening was just a game like many others or rather the day of judgment for this Juventus project?

“It’s difficult to call it a day of judgment, as coaches, players and directors are judged over the course of a season,” the vice-president told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have to stay focused, as it’s a very difficult task when 1-0 down against a team that is accustomed to playing at this level. It’s very difficult.

“I think we all need to be united and give something more, because we saw towards the end of the season when it was already decided and we lacked motivation, we can’t beat anyone like that.

“I saw the team concentrated this week, in good shape, we just need to have a good day and play our football.”

Paulo Dybala is available on the bench after a muscular injury, but not in the starting XI.

“He is a fundamental player for us, as we saw throughout the campaign, with a great performance throughout the year. Obviously, we’ll try to make the most of him this evening too.”

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