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Bonucci: 'Electric Lyon-Juventus'


Leonardo Bonucci looks forward to “an electric atmosphere” in the Champions League with Olympique Lyonnais and reveals why Paulo Dybala scored that Juventus stunner against Atletico Madrid.

The Bianconeri will visit France on February 26, then play the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 at home on March 17.

These sides already met in the 2014 quarter-finals and 2016 group stage, with Juve winning three and drawing the most recent encounter 1-1.

“From what I recall of previous visits to Lyon, the home fans are very fired up and you’ll feel it even more in the new stadium,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s going to be an electric atmosphere, because you live and breathe football on a Champions League night, it’s different. A big game awaits us, as Rudi Garcia has put together a squad of talented and very quick young players, so we need to be very focused.

“Having said that, we know what our job is, to go all the way to the dream and that means leaving Lyon with a positive result.”

Juventus secured top spot in the Champions League group with victory over Atletico Madrid, sealed by a Dybala free kick from the tightest of all possible angles.

“We went out there from the start, knowing full well that when you wear the Juventus jersey, you cannot settle for a draw, even if the objective has already been achieved. You must play to win.

“We created many chances in a strong first half, then Paulo came up with this gem from an almost impossible position, finding the perfect angle.

“I was in front of Jan Oblak and made a gesture that Dybala should ‘hit it hard,’ because I was not offside and could tell the goalkeeper had limited visibility because of their wall.

“I didn’t expect him to hit it like that, though…

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