Jardim: 'Efficiency made the difference'
AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim cited Juventus' conversion rate as the main reason behind Wednesday's 2-0 semi-final first-leg defeat, but held out hope for a turnaround in Turin next week.
Wednesday, 3 May, 2017
UEFA Champions League - Semi-final - first leg
Stade Louis II
Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco coach): "I think that efficiency made the difference. Juventus scored two goals from three chances, while we scored no goals from the same number of opportunities. Our lack of cutting edge was largely due to Gianluigi Buffon's work in goals: he made two or three incredible saves. It wasn't easy for Kylian Mbappé to find space against a side like Juventus. But he tried to turn in a positive performance. Congratulations to all my players, as we gave a positive image of French football. I spoke to the lads and told them that they have to believe. And the best way to maintain our belief - even though we only have a five per cent chance of qualifying for the final - is to win our league clash in Nancy on Saturday. That would give us the opportunity of playing the return leg in Turin with massive motivation."
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus FC 'keeper): "We approached this match in the right way, and we got the job done on the pitch. We were very wary of Monaco and the only way to win this match was to play at the level we played at. [On the three-man defence]. From a tactical point of view, our coach Massimiliano Allegri knows what is needed to win a match, and he deserves congratulations for this one. But we still have the return leg to play and we know that Monaco are capable anything with the attack that they have. We have the advantage, but nothing is set in stone."