LYON v JUVENTUS Stade de Gerland, Lyon April 3rd, 2014 *** Juventus travel to the State De Gerland to take on Lyon in what will be the first meeting between these two sides in a competitive fixture. Juventus will start as favorites against a very young Lyon team unbeaten at home in the Europa League this year. We must keep in mind that this is not the same Lyon led by Paul Le Guen who won an incredible seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the period of 2001 to 2008. To sanction the construction of a new stadium, budget has been very tight and the team now comprises of promising academy graduates rather than the likes of as Sonny Anderson, Juninho Pernambucano , Karim Benzema , Fred , Michel Bastos, Lisandro Lopez , Michael Essien , Florent Malouda , Eric Abidal , Diarra Mahmadou, Hatem Ben Arfa. Under the stewardship of former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde, the squad has few […]

Welcome to the round-up of first round of matches for the knock-out phase of the Champions league. The long European nights are back as drama unfolds across various stadiums in Europe. Four matches were played across the continents, as teams push forward to book their place in the quarter-finals. Here are the insights into the matches gone by. Bayer Leverkusen lost to Barcelona, even before it kicked off Bayer Leverkusen 1 Ai??- 3 Barcelona When the draw for the round of 16 put together Bayer Leverkusen and Barcelona, football lovers were excited. It might not have been the most high-profile match up of the round neither was it the most closely matched tie. Barcelona were the over-whelming favorites, as they are against most, if not all, teams in Europe. Having said that, it was expected to be a good footballing match between two good footballing teams. Leverkusen might be struggling in the domestic league as they have failed to maintain […]