Can Monaco break best defence of Europe?

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 May 2017 09:18:18


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Free-scoring Monaco will look to breaking down the best defence in Europe when they host Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.
The Ligue 1 leaders have scored plenty of goals this season and boast one of Europe’s most exciting newcomers in striker Kylian Mbappe.


The 18-year-old has netted 18 goals in his last 18 competitive games, including three in the 6-3 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the last eight.


But Juventus boast the tightest defence in Europe’s top club competition, with just two goals conceded in this campaign.
“Even Barcelona could not score in two games against them so it will be complicated for us”, said Monaco defender Kamil Glik.
The Italian champions, who advanced to the last four with an aggregate 3-0 win over Barcelona, were held to a 2-2 draw at Atalanta in a rare defensive mix-up in Serie A on Friday.
Their pedigree and record for being impregnable when it matters, however, suggest Juventus should be regarded as the favourites.


“Monaco have technical and tactical qualities as well as talented young players,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. “They do not have the same history as Juventus but that does not mean it will be easy for us to make it to the final.” Monaco have shone in Europe and at home this season and their domestic title hopes received a welcome boost when a nervous PSG side lost 3-1 at Nice on Sunday, leaving the club from the French Riviera three points clear at the top with a game in hand. (Reuters)