The European Champions League will soon enter the last-16, the draw has also been announced by UEFA. The result, there are moping because they have to deal with heavy opponents, but there are also those who smile a little. For example Juventus, the defending champion of the Italian Serie A was drawn against the underdog team, Olympique Lyon.
Yes, The Old Lady is certain to face Olympique Lyon in the last two leg of the Champions League last 16 match. Juventus Sporting Director, Fabio Paratici said he was happy with the results of the Champions League last 16 draw which was held on Tuesday (17/12) in Nyon, Switzerland. The reason is, the results of show his team will face opponents, who tend to be more ‘light’.
Indeed when compared to the 7 teams that finished as group winners, Juventus were lucky enough in the draw, they found favorable results. For example, Bayern Munich must face Chelsea, while Manchester City meet with Real Madrid. No wonder Fabio Paratici said he was happy with the results of this lottery.
“I’m half smiling because we know of other potential opponents in the second pot, then the results could be worse. Everybody knows the Champions League always presents challenges,” Paratici said as quoted by Football Italia.
Actually, it was not only the results of the Round of 16 draw that made Paratici smile happily, but also the award given to him in the night of the 2019 golden boy award. The Director was awarded as the best sporting director of the year. The person concerned is proud of the award, and dedicates it to everyone who has worked with him.
“For me this is an important night in a city that has been my home in the last 10 years. I dedicate this award to everyone who has worked with me, “Paratici said of his love for Turin.
Meanwhile, Juventus will first travel to the Olympique Lyon headquarters at the end of February before hosting the second leg of the party in mid-March 2020. Previously, the two teams had met in the same event, in the 2016/17 season, when Juventus excelled with a thin score of 2-1.