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Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas confirms Champions League clash against Juventus will be on August 7

Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas confirms Champions League last-16 clash against Juventus will be played behind closed doors in Turin on August 7

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 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed his side’s last 16 clash with Juventus has been rescheduled for August 7. 

The confirmation comes after the chief advised he would be taking legal action against Ligue 1’s decision to cancel the season with 10 games to go for each team. 

The game will take place behind closed doors in Turin, as it was scheduled to do so before the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of football in Europe.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has confirmed their tie against Juventus will be on August 7

Speaking to French publication RTL, Aulas said: ‘Our match against Juventus has been confirmed for August 7, it will be held in Turin behind closed doors.

‘If our legal actions don’t succeed (to restart the 19/20 Ligue 1 season), Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain will be massacred by teams who have had preparation.’

The French club take a surprise lead going into the second leg thanks to Lucas Tousart’s goal, but it remains to be seen how they cope with the lack of domestic action compared to their counterparts.

The revelation seems to also indicate the return date for the other Champions League dates, with Manchester City and Chelsea still waiting to play their second leg ties against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively, although any other dates are not yet confirmed.

The Champions League last 16 second leg tie will take place in Turin behind closed doors

The Champions League last 16 second leg tie will take place in Turin behind closed doors

Paris Saint-Germain were named as champions as the league was stopped with the vast majority of teams having played 28 games.

But with Lyon down in seventh and a point outside the Europa League places, Aulas has hit out at what he saw as a hasty decision. 

‘We first asked to investigate a possible resumption of activity,’ Aulas told the L’Equipe TV channel.

 ‘The decision of the Minister of Sports (Roxana Maracineanu) is based on a date of August 3 which does not exist at UEFA. We can examine in detail with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health the health protocol validated by all European countries and see if there is a possibility of recovery.

‘The second (appeal) is on the modalities for stopping the Championship and the method of calculating the classification (deciding the league after 28 games).’

Lyon's domestic campaign has already been cancelled after Ligue 1 ended the season earl

Lyon’s domestic campaign has already been cancelled after Ligue 1 ended the season earl

‘The decision of the Minister of Sports (Roxana Maracineanu) is based on a date of August 3 which does not exist at UEFA. We can examine in detail with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health the health protocol validated by all European countries and see if there is a possibility of recovery.

‘The second (appeal) is on the modalities for stopping the Championship and the method of calculating the classification (deciding the league after 28 games).’

It was previously reported that UEFA have drawn up a calendar for the rest of the month, which would likely see the Champions League final be played days before the start of September. 

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