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Friday April 3 2020
Lyon-Juve 'was match zero'

A report in today’s L’Equipe claims Olympique Lyonnais-Juventus might have played an important role in the spread of coronavirus in France.

According to a retired doctor based in Lyon, the Champions League Last-16 tie between the two teams at Groupama Stadium last month - which OL won 1-0 - ‘shouldn’t have gone ahead’.

Dubbing it ‘match-zero’, L’Equipe wrote: “The Round-of-16 first leg on February 26 and the influx of Italian supporters may have favoured the spread of COVID-19 in the Rhone.”

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Saturday March 28 2020
Giroud: 'Inter were my priority'

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed his “priority” was to join Inter in January and that Lazio “tried absolutely everything, even coming to London.”

Giroud seemed to be all set for a move to Serie A two months ago, with Inter and Lazio both keen, but Chelsea failed to bring in a replacement and he ended up staying at Stamford Bridge.

“In January, I saw myself far away from Chelsea,” the 33-year-old told Telefoot.

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Friday March 20 2020
Inter in for Tolisso and Giroud?

Inter are allegedly not giving up on Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud and have reportedly added Bayern Munich star Corentin Tolisso to their wish list.

The Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Inter are looking to another World Cup winner to boost their squad at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Giroud was already targeted and seemed destined to move this winter, but the transfer never materialised.

The newspaper claims that Antonio Conte has not given up on bringing the former Arsenal star to the Nerazzurri and expects him to make another go during the summer.

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Tuesday March 17 2020
Options for Champions League and Europa League

There could be Champions League and Europa League games at the weekend in order to get the tournaments completed this season, with potential Finals on June 27 and 25.

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have now been postponed until next summer, giving all the club tournaments time to conclude after the suspension for the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted.

A statement from UEFA, the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro Europe committed to getting all the club competitions finished by June 30.

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Wednesday March 11 2020
Official: Inter in isolation too for Rugani

It is now official that Inter as well as Juventus will go into isolation and suspend training after Daniele Rugani tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The Nerazzurri released a statement confirming they have suspended training and any football activity until further notice, as they will begin the necessary procedures.

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Wednesday March 11 2020
Ronaldo remains in Portugal

Juventus continued training today, but Cristiano Ronaldo remains in Madeira with his mother, “awaiting developments” in the Coronavirus pandemic.

The star man flew out to Portugal during the days off in order to see his mother, who recently suffered a stroke.

He was expected back tomorrow, but it seems as if his plans are changing.

“Cristiano Ronaldo did not train and remains in Madeira awaiting developments linked to the health crisis that is currently in progress,” read a statement on the Juventus website.

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Tuesday March 10 2020
Aulas: 'Uncertainty about Juve-Lyon'

Olympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that they’re not sure where the match against Juventus will be played.

After the 1-0 win at the Groupama Stadium the return leg against the Bianconeri is scheduled in Turin on March 17, but the patron of the Ligue 1 side has revealed that it’s still uncertainties regarding the fixture.

“We are in total uncertainty, today the match will go as planned,” he told BFM Business. “At the moment it will be played in Turin behind closed doors.

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Thursday March 5 2020
Inter-Getafe and Valencia-Atalanta behind closed doors

UEFA have acknowledged Valencia-Atalanta and Inter-Getafe will be played behind closed doors, but made no reference to Juventus-Lyon, Roma-Sevilla or Barcelona-Napoli.

“Following decisions taken by authorities in Italy and Spain respectively, and related to measures regarding the COVID-19 virus, two UEFA club competition matches will go ahead next week as scheduled, but behind closed doors,” read a statement from UEFA.

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Thursday March 5 2020
Garcia: 'We honestly don't know'

Olympique Lyonnais coach has admitted that he doesn’t know if the return leg against Juventus will “be played behind closed doors or outside of Italy”.

The return leg in the last 16 of the Champions League has been affected by the recent coronavirus fears in Italy and different suggestions, including bringing the match outside of the country.

The Lyon coach admitted that he doesn’t have any new information regarding the situation and wanted to focus on Sunday’s match in Ligue 1.

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Wednesday March 4 2020
Champions and Europa League behind closed doors in Italy

The Government decree orders all sporting events in Italy to be played behind closed doors until April 3 due to the Coronavirus outbreak, including Juventus-Lyon, Inter-Getafe and Roma-Sevilla.

There have now been over 3,000 positive cases in Italy, with 107 deaths, already 28 more fatalities than there were yesterday.

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