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Friday August 7 2020
Probable line-ups: Juventus v Lyon

Juventus are expected to start Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Juan Cuadrado upfront, while Lyon count on Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele and Houssem Aouar.

The Champions League Round of 16 kicks off in Turin at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

The first leg ended 1-0 for Olympique Lyonnais in February, so the Bianconeri must win by two clear goals to qualify for the Final Eight in Portugal.

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Thursday August 6 2020
Dybala unlikely to start against Lyon

Paulo Dybala is unlikely to be fit enough to start tomorrow’s Champions League decider with Lyon, so Juventus look to Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado.

The Round of 16 clash kicks off in Turin on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

The first leg ended 1-0 for Olympique Lyonnais in France back in February, so the Bianconeri must win by two clear goals to turn this around.

Dybala is the big doubt, as he sustained a muscular injury against Sampdoria 11 days ago and did not take part in today’s full training session either.

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Thursday August 6 2020
Depay: 'Proud of De Ligt, but...'

Memphis Depay is celebrating his return from a torn ACL and the Lyon midfielder hopes to start against Juventus and fellow Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt.

The first leg ended 1-0 for Lyon on home turf and the Champions League Round of 16 decider will be on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“I was out for a long time with injury, but now I am back, I’ve played a few games and I think that I’m in good condition,” said the Dutchman in his press conference.

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Thursday August 6 2020
Garcia: 'Juve have advantage over Lyon'

Rudi Garcia maintains Juventus ‘have the advantage’ in terms of match fitness, so despite Lyon winning the first leg, it’s ’50-50’ on Champions League qualification.

Olympique Lyonnais won the first leg 1-0 on home turf in February, which gives them a huge advantage going into the Round of 16 decider in Turin.

That kicks off on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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Thursday August 6 2020
Bonucci: 'Juventus energy fundamental'

Leonardo Bonucci believes Juventus will go up a gear after being able to train for a week and prepare for Lyon in the Champions League. ‘The energy and adrenaline will be fundamental.’

The first leg ended 1-0 for the French side in February and the decider is behind closed doors in Turin on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“All of us can make the difference in these games, as individuals by helping the team,” said the defender in his press conference.

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Thursday August 6 2020
Sarri: 'Juve will have already decided on me'

Maurizio Sarri admits Juventus will be ‘forced to play a game that most suits’ Lyon’s counter-attacking approach, but insists the Bianconeri will have 'already decided' his future.

The first leg ended 1-0 for the French side in February and the Champions League Round of 16 decider is behind closed doors in Turin on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“We need a great performance, certainly. Lyon have evolved and become far more solid since moving to three at the back, playing with density in midfield and also pace on the counter.

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Wednesday August 5 2020
Official: Milan sign Kalulu

As expected, Milan announced the arrival of Pierre Kalulu on a five-year contract from the Olympique Lyonnais youth academy.

The 20-year-old was a free agent after his contract ran down and had his medical recently.

“AC Milan announces the signing of Pierre Kalulu, on a permanent transfer. The contract of the French player expires on 30 June 2025,” read a statement from the Rossoneri.

Kalulu is a right-back with three caps for France at Under-20 level, along with 12 appearances for the Under-19 side.

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Wednesday August 5 2020
Zwayer referee for Juventus-Lyon

German referee Felix Zwayer will officiate the Champions League Round of 16 decider between Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais.

The first leg ended 1-0 for Lyon in France back in February and the second clash is behind closed doors in Turin on Friday.

UEFA announced that Zwayer has been assigned to this match, with Christian Dingert as his Video Assistant Referee.

The full group of officials are from Germany, including assistant referees Thorsten Schiffner and Marco Achmuller.

The fourth official is Tasos Sidiropoulos of Greece.

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Wednesday August 5 2020
Report: Dybala closes in on new Juve deal

Juventus are reportedly close to agreeing new terms with Paulo Dybala, who looks set to extend with the Bianconeri until June 2025.

The Argentine, named Serie A’s MVP for 2019-20, is in ongoing talks with the club and Tuttomercatoweb claims the Old Lady will soon announce a new deal with the 26-year-old.

Dybala is currently recovering from a thigh injury he suffered when Juventus won their ninth consecutive Scudetto against Sampdoria last month.

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Wednesday August 5 2020
Garcia defends Sarri: 'He won'

Olympique Lyonnais coach Rudi Garcia has defended Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri ahead of their clash in the Champions League. ‘They were still the best’.

The Bianconeri coach has received criticism for his style of play in his first season at the Allianz Stadium but his opponent in the last 16 of the Champions League, Garcia, points out that Sarri ‘won the League in 36 games’.

“I have seen the Bianconeri games,” Garcia told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I know that there are those who say they didn’t play well.

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