Juventus hold a 2-0 lead over Monaco ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Juventus Stadium this evening and, given the Italian giants’ defensive record this season, that looks like an unassailable advantage.
The Serie A champions are yet to concede in the knockout stages and as they’ve come up against Barcelona twice and Monaco, Europe’s top scoring teams, their two-goal lead should be enough.
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri rested a few key men for the draw with Torino at the weekend and should revert back to his strongest starting line-up tonight.
Allegri showed his tactical nous at Barcelona in the previous round, as Juve sat back and played on the counter in the second leg at Camp Nou, and I expect them to adopt a similar approach against Monaco.
Juve failed to find a goal in Barcelona but they should see a few chances come their way, with home advantage against a Monaco side who simply have to throw bodies forward.
The draw with Torino ended an incredible 17-match winning run at home for the Italian champions and they can get back to winning ways.
The Bianconeri have been ahead at the break in four of their last five home games and as Monaco will have to attack from the off, the hosts should be able to break the deadlock before the interval.
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