Monaco vs Juventus Match Preview
Monaco’s attacking prowess will be put to test against the defensive wall of the Grand Old Lady.
Monaco has performed really well this season and all the credit goes to their attack, who have been quite busy in pouring goals in the knockout stages. They have scored 3 goals in all the 4 matches they have played in the knockout phrase. But their defence is still an area of concern.
Juventus on the other hand has been rock solid at the back. Their 0-0 draw against Barcelona was their 5th consecutive clean sheet in the tounament. All together they have kept 8 clean sheets in the 10 matches they have played in this competition.
This is Monaco’s 3rd semifinal in the Champions League and they made it to the final only once when they were beaten by Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto. Whereas Juventus hold the record of maximum number of runners-up in this competition as they have lost 6 finals in the 8 semifinals they have qualified.
UEFA Champions League Semifinal 1st Leg
Date/Time: 3rd May 2017 / 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET 00:15 (IST) (4th May)
Venue: Stade Louis II.
Television Telecast: TEN2, BT sports, Fox Sports
Livestream Sites: Fox Soccer 2Go, Totalsportek, mamahd
Defender Djibril Sidibe, midfielder Boscilia, and striker Guido Carrillo are out injured, while Tiemoue Bakayoko is doubt to start due to a broken nose suffered in a training ground accident.
Defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Marko Pjaca are out injured, while Sami Khedira will miss the game due to suspension.
AS Monaco: Subasic; Dirar, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Moutinho, Lemar; Mbappe, Falcao.
Juventus: Buffon; Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain.
- Four meetings between the two so far, all in the Champions League and in the knockout phase. Juve won both their home matches, while Monaco have a win and a draw at their home ground.
- In the 2015 quarter final tie, a lone goal from Arturo Vidal at Turin was the difference with the second leg at Monaco ending in a goal-less stalemate.
- The previous was in the 1998 semifinals which saw Juve earn a massive lead through 4-1 win in the home leg. Monaco will win the second leg 3-2, but fell short on aggregate.