Monaco out to make history against Juventus
AS Monaco face Juventus on Wednesday in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final aiming to become the first French team to beat the bianconeri in a knockout tie.
Wednesday, 3 May, 2017
UEFA Champions League - Semi-final - first leg
Stade Louis II
Juve defeated Monaco 1-0 on aggregate in the 2014/15 competition's quarter-final, and have progressed on all 11 occasions they have met a French club in a winner-takes-all encounter.
However, flying high atop the French table, Monaco are brimful of confidence, and have failed to score in just one of their 14 matches in the competition.
Though Juventus kept out Barcelona in the quarter-final, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim is confident his team will find a way beyond the Italian side's legendary rearguard.
"Football isn't similar from game to game. If Barca didn't score during two matches, it doesn't worry us. We scored six goals against Dortmund, for example," Jardim explained.
'Important to win'
"I think it will be an important match, even if the tie will be decided in Turin. I think we'll score goals there as we have done in all of our important games. So it's important to end up with a win."
Midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko will take delivery on Wednesday of a new mask to protect a nose broken in a training ground collision with team-mate Kamel Glik. Jardim may be tempted to bring Djibril Sidibe back into the side, though the France international full-back may not be fully recovered after an apendicitis operation, meaning Almamy Touré will deputise on the right side of the back four.
"Juve are totally different to the teams we have played like Dortmund or City," said the Portuguese tactician. "They are more attacking than Juve. We have to be even more careful and to pay attention to our transitions and at set-pieces. We have to inject pace into our attacking transitions."
Monaco: Subasic; Touré, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Lemar, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Silva; Mbappé, Falcao
Juventus: Buffon; Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain