Ravanelli: Juventus must seize 'once in a lifetime' opportunity

The former Bianconeri striker is eager to see Antonio Conte's side lift the Europa League on home soil but has warned of the quality possessed by Olympique Lyonnais

By Romeo Agresti

Former Juventus striker Fabrizio Ravanelli has urged Antonio Conte's side to take their "once in a lifetime" chance of winning the Europa League on home soil.

The Bianconeri stand on the brink of the semi-finals of the competition after winning the first leg of their last-eight tie with Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 in France last week.

The ex-Italy star has urged his old club to seal a European triumph this season - particularly with the final to be played in Turin.

"Juventus have the once in a lifetime chance of winning a European Cup in their own stadium," he told Goal.

"I know Conte, he'll be able to keep pressure on the players. If they keep the right pace and concentration, they'll easily progress. They mustn't repeat the first half they played at the Gerland."

Ravanelli has first-hand of experience of Lyon, having beaten them while Ajaccio coach earlier this season, and believes Remi Garde's side will prove a match for the Italian champions on Thursday.

"OL are an interesting team, with some good individuals like Alexandre Lacazette and Bafetimbi Gomis, while I don't rate Maxime Gonalons the top player others say he is.

"My Ajaccio beat Lyon thanks to counterattacking; Juventus should be careful, because they have a very compact midfield line, able to destroy the opponent's game."

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