Friday March 21 2014
Garde: 'Juve the favourites'

Lyon Coach Remi Garde feels Europa League quarter-final opponents Juventus are “the favourites of the competition.”

The first leg will be at the Stade de Gerland on April 3 with the decider in Turin on April 10.

“We have drawn the favourites of the competition, one of the best teams in Europe with a strong history,” said Garde.

“This is a very tough draw but it is an event for the club, for the team. We have nothing to lose, we will be the outsiders.

“We must take things in a positive manner. We must be conscious of the chance we have.

“It seems like a tie worthy of the Champions League. We will face prodigious opponents who OL have never met before. That's interesting.

“I do not think the players will need to be motivated to play Juventus or to play other games in the coming weeks. The most important thing is to recover well. I just hope to have my squad at its maximum during this period.”