Thursday April 3 2014
Garde: 'Lyon need a miracle'

Lyon Coach Remi Garde had his birthday ruined by Juventus and admitted they “need a miracle” to go through.

The Bianconeri grabbed a 1-0 first leg victory at the Stade de Gerland in the Europa League quarter-final.

“Yes, of course the second leg is difficult. We would’ve liked to not concede any goals,” Garde told Sky Sport Italia.

“We are disappointed, but we knew before the game that Juventus are one of the best teams in Europe, so it was a mountain to climb.

“I am happy with what my young players managed to do this evening.”

Lyon had the upper hand in the first half and straight after the restart, but Juve emerged in the final half-hour.

“We were a little bit too deep and I think it was more difficult than in the first half. I warned the players that Juventus would try to score at least one goal after the break, so we should’ve pressed them harder.

“We had the best scoring opportunities of the first half, but we know when you don’t score at this level then it becomes difficult.

“I think we need a miracle to score two goals in the second leg. It’s a great experience for my young players, like playing 100 games in one. We will try to look on the positive side and go to Turin aiming to turn this around.”

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