Dutch forward – Memphis Depay believes in Lyon’s chances of completing an upset over Juventus in the Champions League last-16 tie this evening in Turin.
The striker did not play a part in the first leg due to knee injury but the French side won 1-0 at home and Depay is confident that they have what it takes to shoot down the Serie A champions.
“I must say the record says I’ve been quite successful in the Champions League this season,” he told a news conference.
“I’ve played five games and [on Friday] I’ll look ahead and try to do my best to do the same thing. I think the whole team deserves credit for the first game that they played against Juve. It was a pity I couldn’t play but the team spirit and even the fans in the stadium – everything was great.
“We have to do it without the fans but still with the full squad, the staff and everybody involved. We have a great team spirit and I believe we can get the job done.”
“At this age, I’m 26, I’ve become more mature, more experienced in games and sometimes things speak for themselves,” Depay said.
“I just try to help the team and be a good individual in the team and help the team, be involved, play better football. I feel like I do that quite good.
“I’m happy with my team-mates. I think it’s the same for them. They can learn and I can learn from them. At my age I think that’s matching my age, that’s the role I’m in and the coach gave me that role and I try to fill it as well as possible.”
Depay was born in 1994 to a Ghanaian father, Dennis Depay, and a Dutch mother, Cora Schensema, in the small South Holland village of Moordrecht.