Monaco vs Juventus Preview: Monaco’s inexperienced attack will have a stern test against the best defence

Monaco vs Juventus, Uefa Champions League semifinals, Leonardo Jardim

A Uefa Champions League final berth is at stake for Monaco and Juventus, and that moment of time experience counts, but Monaco is up for the challenge to defy the odds. The free flowing attack of Monegasque club is inexperienced for the big European nights, and their opponent Juventus is certainly the more experienced of the two, but they are ready for their stern test against the best defence in the world.

Both have the same ambition to play in the final, and both of them know that tie won’t be decided at Stade Louis II. It will be decided at Juventus Stadium in Turin next week, but Monaco couldn’t let go their home advantage on Wednesday. They do have hurt by their lackluster performance in two back-to-back domestic finals against Paris Saint-Germain, to blow their domestic treble hope, but they are very optimistic about their chances to play in Champions League final.

Juventus have the same ambition, but they are certainly more experienced and they know how it’s like to play in Champions League later stages. Monaco scored six goals against Borussia Dotmund to find their place in semifinals, but Bianconeri won’t allow them much of the spaces to go with their free flow scoring.

Bianconeri would love to hurt them at home, but their first task will be to maintain a clean sheet at Stade Louis II. They will be certainly more confident after keeping two clean sheets against Barcelona’s MSN attack, but they know Monaco possess a different challenge.

Monegasques are a young team, and experienced players do make the mistakes of taking them lightly and that’s where Monaco can take the advantages of hurting Juventus. Leonardo Jardim’s side may be inexperienced, and have been poor against Paris Saint-Germain in Coupe de la Ligue & Coupe de France final, but Juventus must not make the mistake of treating them with little less honour.

Jardim is very confident about his team chances as he said in his pre-match press conference, “Juventus won’t think about our six goals against Dortmund, just as we aren’t thinking about their two clean sheets against Barcelona. We have the same ambition, which is to play in the Champions League final. We’ll be 100% physically tomorrow and psychologically, as my players are ready to play the whole season to the limit.”

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