Dembele doesn't fear Ronaldo

26 February 2020 04:11:13 GMTPlus10

Lyon forward Moussa Dembele says they'll have no fear of Cristiano Ronaldo or Juventus in Wednesday's Champions League clash.

The former Celtic forward says Lyon 'know our strengths' and must place their focus on getting a performance to match their ambitions on home soil.

Ronaldo marked his 1,000th senior appearance with a 725th goal as Juventus won 2-1 at SPAL on Saturday to maintain top spot in Serie A.

The Portuguese was on target for an 11th straight Serie A match, equalling Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella's record, in that victory, with Aaron Ramsey also scoring.

Dembele says Lyon, 4.00 to win the game, have to focus on themselves.

"Are we worried about facing Juventus and Ronaldo? No fear. We know our strengths," he said.

"It's now up to us to deliver and play a great game. As a striker, I'm here to score, but I don't feel any extra pressure. I'll play the way I always do and hopefully deliver a great game for the team."

Meanwhile Lyon boss Rudi Garcia says there is little to be gained in setting up to frustrate Juventus in the first leg at the OL Stadium or from focusing solely on the threat presented by their talisman.

"If we just defend, we won't win the game," said Garcia.

"[Ronaldo] is a wonderfully dedicated player. It's great to be facing him, even though we won't have a specific plan to deal with him, because if you do that you would need plans for [Paulo] Dybala and [Gonzalo] Higuain too. They have too many great players to deal with them all individually. It has to be a team effort."

Juventus are 2.00 to win the game on Wednesday, with Ronaldo priced at 4.00 to score the first goal.

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