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Lyon home fires burning as Juventus call

Published: Wednesday 26 March 2014, 13.25CET
Unbeaten in five home games since the start of the group stage, Olympique Lyonnais will look to keep that run going against Juventus in their quarter-final opener.
Lyon home fires burning as Juventus call
Rémi Garde turns 48 on the day of the first leg ©AFP/Getty Images

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LyonJuventus

Goals scored13
 
10
Possession (%)52
 
48
Total attempts129
 
124
on target60
 
55
off target55
 
46
blocked14
 
23
against woodwork2
 
3
Corners71
 
49
Offsides39
 
33
Yellow cards18
 
8
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed138
 
105
Fouls suffered182
 
104
Passes5217
 
4219
completed4182
 
3554

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Published: Wednesday 26 March 2014, 13.25CET

Lyon home fires burning as Juventus call

Unbeaten in five home games since the start of the group stage, Olympique Lyonnais will look to keep that run going against Juventus in their quarter-final opener.

Olympique Lyonnais have averaged a goal a game in Europe this season, but may need to find a few more if they are to account for final hosts Juventus in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition.

• Lyon's record in 16 meetings with Italian sides is W7 D4 L5 (W3 D3 L2 at home; W4 D1 L3 away). Lyon met Italian opponents in the quarter-finals of the 1998/99 UEFA Cup, winning 2-0 at home against Bologna FC, but only after a 3-0 defeat in Italy.

• Juventus's 20 encounters with French sides have ended W11 D4 L5 (W3 D2 L5 in France; W8 D2 L0 at home). They are without a win in both their last three away games and their last three matches overall against French clubs, but have never lost at home to Ligue 1 opponents.

Match background
• Lyon are unbeaten in five UEFA Europa League home games since the start of the group stage (a draw and then four wins) but scored as many in their 4-1 round of 16 first-leg victory against FC Viktoria Plzeň as they had in their previous four European home outings.

• In 14 games European since they started the season in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, Lyon have scored 14 goals, conceding ten.

• Juventus are unbeaten in four games since entering the UEFA Europa League in the round of 32 (W3 D1), during which they have conceded only once. Qualifying included, they are unbeaten in 14 UEFA Europa League games (W7 D7) since bowing out of the 2009/10 round of 16 with a 4-1 loss at Fulham FC.

• Lyon have reached their sixth major UEFA quarter-final having lost the first four before overcoming FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League last eight en route to a semi-final exit to FC Bayern München. They last reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1998/99, losing to Bologna.

• Lyon are the first Ligue 1 team to reach the last eight of the competition since the advent of the UEFA Europa League.

• Juventus have reached their 27th UEFA quarter-final, with the overall record W18 L8. However, they are currently on their longest last-eight losing streak, having lost in their last three ties, all in the UEFA Champions League: to Liverpool FC (2004/05), Arsenal FC (2005/06) and FC Bayern München (2012/13). They last won a last-eight tie in 2002/03, defeating FC Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League, which ended a run of six successive quarter-final successes.

• Their record in UEFA Cup quarter-final ties is W5 L3.

Team facts
• Yoann Gourcuff (AC Milan 2006 to 2009) is the only Lyon player with Serie A experience; Andrea Pirlo was a team-mate during his time at San Siro, as was Juve's reserve goalkeeper Marco Storari.

• Stephan Lichtsteiner played in France for LOSC Lille from 2005 to 2008: his record against Lyon was W2 D1 L3.

• Juventus defender Martin Cáceres and Lyon counterpart Mouhamadou Dabo played together at Sevilla FC in 2010/11.

• Lyon are one of three sides in the quarter-finals who have yet to win a major UEFA club trophy, along with AZ Alkmaar and FC Basel 1893. However they were one of the three winners of the 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup, overcoming Montpellier Hérault SC in their final.

• Juventus's Andrea Pirlo has made the most European club competition appearances of all the players in the quarter-finals: 125.

• Lyon's Bafétimbi Gomis has been caught offside 14 times since the start of the group stage – more than any other player in this season's competition.

• Lyon have been the most fouled side since the start of the group stage, with their opponents penalised 153 times in ten games.

• Juventus are one of three domestic champions remaining in the competition, along with FC Porto and FC Basel 1893.

• Juventus Stadium will stage this season's UEFA Europa League final. Juve can thus become the third side since the UEFA Cup was first decided with a one-off match in 1997/98 to compete in the showpiece at their home arena. Feyenoord triumphed in Rotterdam in 2002/03, but Sporting Clube de Portugal lost the 2004/05 final in Lisbon.

• Juventus (1977, 1990, 1993) are one of four former UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League winners in the quarter-finals, along with Sevilla FC (2006, 2007), Valencia CF (2004) and FC Porto (2003, 2011).

• Juventus are one of three sides who have won the competition three times, along with FC Internazionale Milano (1990/91, 1993/94, 1997/98) and Liverpool FC (1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01).

Coach information
• Rémi Garde has spent much of his career with Lyon, taking over as first-team coach in June 2011. As a defensive midfielder he captained Les Gones and won six caps for France, ending his career with spells at RC Strasbourg and Arsenal FC, with whom he won the 1997/98 English double. After a spell as a pundit he joined Lyon's coaching staff and was assistant to Paul Le Guen and Gérard Houllier before taking charge of the club's training centre and subsequently becoming head coach.

• The first leg of the quarter-finals falls on Garde's 48th birthday.

• Antonio Conte has led Juventus to back-to-back Italian titles since taking charge at his old club in 2011. The 44-year-old started out as a midfielder at home-town team US Lecce, then represented Juve from 1991 to 2004, winning five Serie A titles, the 1992/93 UEFA Cup and the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League among a host of other trophies. He returned as a coach after spells in charge of US Arezzo, AS Bari, Atalanta BC and AC Siena.

• Conte is the only coach left in the competition who won the UEFA Cup as a player.

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