Champions league : the impregnable Juventus will be on the road to Monaco
It is little to say that the leaders of AS Monaco were left to sweat their caution on Friday, April 21, at the end of the draw for the semi-finals of the League of champions (LOC). Qualified for the fourth time in their history (after the 1994, 1998 and 2004) for the last four of the competition, the players of the principality have certainly avoided the two enemy brothers of madrid, the Real, taking the title, and Atlético, who play the remake of the last year’s final. But they have inherited (go to the 3 may at the stade Louis-II, back on 9 may, at the Juventus Stadium) serious customers : the Italians of Juventus Turin, tombeurs of FC Barcelona (3-0/ 0-0) in the previous round and double winners of the competition (1985 and 1996).
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The geographical proximity (250 km) between the two cities has not alleviated the fears of Vadim Vasilyev, the vice-president of the WSA. “This will be a rematch, said the officer, whose club had lost (1-0/ 0-0) in the quarter-finals, in 2015, in the face of the Bianconeri. the two years ago, this team of Juve was already very strong. They are even stronger, but we also. At the time, it was played on details. ” In 1998, the Monaco were already out of the competition, in half, by Turin, and of Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero (4-1/ 2-3).
The deficit of experience of the Monegasque
In terms of experience, several worlds currently separate the “Juve” of the Agnelli family and the DSO, a finalist for the unfortunate the champions League in 2004, and owned by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev since 2011. Quintuple defending champions in Serie A and set to win a sixth crown in a row, the Turin flying over the football transalpine since 2012 and are trying to find their place on the european scene. Beaten (3-1) in the final of the edition 2014-2015 of the LOC by the FC Barcelona, the protégés of the coach Massimiliano Allegri had a bag impressive on the chessboard continental.
By way of example, their captain and keeper history, Gianluigi Buffon, 39 years old, has 113 meetings in the champions League. As for the defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Dani Alves, they are, respectively, 64 and over 100 games in the competition.
A defence very tight
In addition, this double confrontation is a great opposition of style between the steamroller of monaco (141 goals this season in all competitions), which is led by the prodigy Kylian Me Bappe (18 years old and 5 goals on the counter in LOC), and the impenetrable defense of the ” Old Lady.”
structured around the very tight hinge Chiellini-Bonucci, the rear-guard around the city considers that the Europe of football by its rigour and discipline. It has also conceded two goals this season on the whole competition and only 20 goals (in 32 games) in Serie A. The 19 April, the “Juve” muzzled (0-0) at ease with the trident barcelona Messi-Neymar-Suarez (MSN) at the Camp Nou. Where the Paris-Saint-Germain had collapsed (6-1), in march, in the knockout stages.
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If she is going to have to move from its middle German, Sami Khedira (suspended), during the run to go, the training around the city will be able to count on its offensive players of talent such as Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, the Croatian Mario Mandzukic and Argentines Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain. Suffice to say that the task ahead was daunting, for AS Monaco, who can always comfort themselves by referring to the recent “feat” of the Olympique lyonnais in the Piedmont. In November 2016, the Gons were able to snatch the draw (1-1) on the lawn of the impregnable Juventus Stadium.