Ghana and Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah international has cited the teamâ€™s response to Jimmy Briandâ€™s leveller as an important factor behind tonightâ€™s 2-1 success over Lyon.
Asamoah believes the Bianconeriâ€™s spirited reaction to Jimmy Briandâ€™s equaliser proved crucial in taking the sting out of the threat posed by Lyon tonight in Turin.
The Ghanaianâ€™s boundless energy on the flank was again influential in this eveningâ€™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: â€œOur tempo dropped after going in front and we werenâ€™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 weâ€™re playing, we canâ€™t always go at full pelt.â€
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: â€œIt was very important for us to go through and it wasnâ€™t easy. Lyon played very well, but we managed to do what weâ€™d prepared in training.â€