Monaco VS. Juventus, 2nd leg of the champions league quarter final on its way. We are heading towards the one of the exciting and cracking fixture to be feature in the last day of UCL quarter final round. Monaco are going to host the 2nd leg in their home, in Stade Louis II on this Wednesday against Juventus. Here is the quick preview of the match.
Monaco Vs. Juventus Match Preview
Juventus won the 1st leg at their home with a score line of 1-0. Álvaro Morata was fouled by Ricardo Carvalho in penalty area and penalty was awarded to Juve. Vidal scored the penalty and win it for The White-Blacks. This fixture is equally poised as the last one.
Monaco lost their last tie against Arsenal with 2-0 score line in this ground. So they need to scratch from the beginning to win this match and get past Juve’s challenge and qualifying for the semifinal round. They had a great run in this UCL, topped the group and beat Arsenal on away goal rule. But this time things will be much more tough and trickier. Defense is always been their main strength and they had a best defensive record in the group stage of this year UCL, conceding 1goal in six matches and overall conceded 5 goals in their all 9 matches. They are successful not to concede goals, but fail to score goals in regular manner. They have scored only 4goals in 6matches in group stages, total 7 goals in 9 matches. Monaco manager, Leonardo Jardim said in per-match interview:
“We need to have the perfect match, with good defensive organization and a clinical edge in attack. We tend to score more away and I would like us to start doing the same at home – like we did against Zenit [Monaco beat them 2-0 at Stade Louis II to advance on match-day six]. We will take some calculated risks to go through. We will play intelligently and aim to score goals without conceding. We have to keep calm heads, though. We like playing in full stadiums, it gives us more motivation. But let’s not forget that there will be Juventus fans here as well.”
Juventus performed well in Champions league too. They are unbeaten in last six matches in UCL, manages 5 wins and 1draw. They will be confident to face Monaco in away, as in the last away match against Dortmund, they literally thrashed the. Paul Pogba will miss out due to hamstring and Cáceres is suffering from ankle injury. Andrea Pirlo will start. Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach said that:
“I don’t know for certain what Monaco’s tactics will be, but we will try to score as we know what they’re about. Monaco are a team that defend well and are physically very strong, so it will be a difficult game, just like the first leg.”
The combination and pace of Tevez and Morata in the front and Vidal will be the key in this fixture.”
Possible starting XI
Monaco: Subašić, Raggi, Fabinho, Abdennour, Kurzawa, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Kondogbia, Dirar, Martial, Berbatov.
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Evra, Morata, Tévez
Monaco Vs. Juventus
Venue: Stade Louis II
Date: Wednesday, 22 April
Kick-off: 19:45 BST 20:45 CET
It’s going to be a thriller. Juventus already have the advantage. Result will depend how Leonardo Jardim’s men will attack and also contain Juventus’s pacey attack. Juve will try to score one and wrap up the game in early phase of the match. Monaco needs to be careful that time and try not to make big mistake there. An early goal from Monaco will make this much more interesting. So, stick to Football Lens while Monaco Fc is taking on Juventus Fc in 2nd leg of UCL Quarter Final.