Juventus vs Monaco 9 May 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions

Rachel Hardy
May 10, 2017

The Old Lady had already lost the 1973 and '83 finals to Ajax and Hamburg respectively, and Juventus fans had to wait until 1996 to see the team win the competition again.

"On the one hand there was a very experienced team and on the other there was a young side", Jardim said.

"We leave here eliminated, but still with our heads held high", Mbappe said. 'I've told the players it is very hard, that we are facing the best team in the world, who score goals in every game, but that it is possible, the Argentine said after Atletico guaranteed a top-four finish in La Liga with a 1-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.

Needing to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit, Monaco got off to an aggressive start.

Juventus' Mario Mandzukic, background, scores his side's opening goal during the Champions League semi final second leg soccer match between Juventus and Monaco in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. "Now we've got to think about Monaco and then, the day after tomorrow, we will think about the Roma match".

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Most players would have scored an own goal in this situation, but Giorgio Chiellini isn't most players. Hopefully we can score in the second leg. Our objective is to reach the final and we'll have to be at our best. "We must keep playing good football the way we know". The Bianconeri needed a stoppage-time equalizer from substitute Gonzalo Higuain as they missed extending their league record to 34 successive home wins.

Monaco, forced into a last-minute change before kick off, were expected to take the fight to the hosts like a team that had nothing to lose but unfortunately, they played like anything but. We are the opposite, physically we are very strong and that is good news for the end of the season, he said ominously.

Juve may have been guilty of a rare moment of complacency as a result of that, and they needed Buffon to deny Mbappe in the 67th minute before Monaco finally ended the Italian goalkeeper's run of 690 minutes without conceding a Champions League goal.

With what appears to be a straightforward path to the final, Buffon, who trained with the rest of the Juventus squad on Monday, is keen to make up for the disappointment of losing finals to AC Milan in 2003 and Barcelona two years ago. "We need to try to emerge with a positive result from this game and that means taking the right approach and attacking Monaco". Play an aggressive game, play well technically and even better than we did in Monaco, where we were often wrong, with more patience.

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