Ghana and Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah international has cited the team’s response to Jimmy Briand’s leveller as an important factor behind tonight’s 2-1 success over Lyon.
Asamoah believes the Bianconeri’s spirited reaction to Jimmy Briand’s equaliser proved crucial in taking the sting out of the threat posed by Lyon tonight in Turin.
The Ghanaian’s boundless energy on the flank was again influential in this evening’s 2-1 Europa League win over the French outfit, a result which makes Juventus the first Italian side to seal a European semi-final spot in seven years.
Speaking to the media after the final whistle at Juventus Stadium, the 25-year-old said: “Our tempo dropped after going in front and we weren’t switched on for the corner that led to their goal.
That particular moment made it a different game, but we did well to keep possession. With the amount of matches we’re playing, we can’t always go at full pelt.”
Asamoah had no qualms about acknowledging the difficulties faced in combatting a strong Lyon side, and revealed the hard graft in training once again paid dividends.
He concluded: “It was very important for us to go through and it wasn’t easy. Lyon played very well, but we managed to do what we’d prepared in training.”