Juventus v Monaco reactions
Pride was the main emotion coarsing through the AS Monaco squad after their magnificent UEFA Champions League run was stopped in the semi-finals by Juventus on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg
Juventus FC - AS Monaco
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "I think we have had a great Champions League. We're happy and proud. We started in the preliminary round and went to the semi-final. For a lot of these players, it's a first experience at this level and it's also a life experience. Today, I'm very proud of this squad. I think we lost the semi-final at home. To lose 2-1 here is a good result against a team that had not conceded for six or seven matches. The 2-0 result in the first leg killed us. I'm not going to say Juventus didn't deserve to go through, but the scoreline is a bit harsh."
Radamel Falcao (Monaco striker): "We gave everything today. Perhaps we lacked a little experience. The small details made the difference. Juventus played very well, we gave everything but it wasn't possible to win the game. I'm proud of the players, of the team. We pressed high up the pitch, but they managed to score and after that it was easier for them to control the game. We have had a great season. We have a game at home at the weekend which is important to win the title. I think all the Monaco fans and the people at the club can be proud of the team."
Kylian Mbappé (Monaco forward): "We came to play to our strengths. We wanted to cause them problems, but we only managed to do that in short bursts, and that wasn't enough. Still, we leave with our heads held high."
Tiémoué Bakayoko (Monaco midfielder): "There are always regrets when you lose a semi-final. Juve deserve all the credit. They produced a good performance, and we came up against a side that is better than us. We made a few too many mistakes, and we saw the difference between experience and youth. I think we can be proud, we've given a good account of ourselves and French football. Now, the most important thing is the league and we're going to focus on that this weekend against Lille."
Djibril Sidibé (Monaco defender): "We're proud to have faced up to one of the best teams in Europe. We have gone through a lot since the game against Fenerbahce, we're proud to have reached the semi-finals. They showed a great clinical streak, whether it be in the first leg or the second. We tried to do what we could, press them technically and tactically, but they're well known for shutting things up. They showed that again this evening. It's a great learning process for us."
Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus coach): "You have to congratulate Monaco, who played both games with talented players. We hope this time we'll win the final to offer it to Buffon and our fans. It's not easy to play two finals in three years, and the players have to be congratulated for that. I'm convinced by the progress made by the team, the players, the club and myself. I congratulate everyone: the players for the way they played and the club for the way they work. As of tomorrow, we'll think about the 20 days we have left before the final. There are three competitions left to play and we still haven't won anything."