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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monacovs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 9 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Torino


The first semi-final match between the AS Monaco FC and Juventus FC, that was played six days ago had ended with a win for Juventus 2-0, which means that Juventus has an easy job in its attempt to again eliminate Monaco from the UEFA Champions League. On top of it, Juventus FC plays much better at home this season than away and it has practically secured its 6th consecutive title of Italian champion given that 03 rounds before the end Juventus has even 07 points more than second-placed Roma, that will meet next weekend in Rome.
Right because of that advantage Juventus FC played more easily 02 last rounds and it should be surprising that it drew with the teams: Atalanta and Torino. On the other hand they were up to the task in Monaco, where they made huge advantage due to goals of Higuain prior to the second-leg. However, their coach Allegri, is still cautions as he is well aware that his players shouldn’t relax yet and consequently he plans to send the same team on the pitch like he did in the first-leg. Only in the midfield returnee, Khedir should get advantage over Marchisi, while regarding problems with absences out of action are only injured stopper Rugani and forward Pjaca.
Unlike Juventus FC, which did a great job six days ago, AS Monaco FC team practically has mission impossible in Turin given that it needs victory of three goals or at least to win by 2-0 and take the match into the extra time. To do something like that coach, Jardim, must play much better primarily in attack, and especially in the finish of it, while at the same time the defence shouldn’t make mistakes like it did in the first semi-final match with Juvenuts FC, when it conceded even two goals.
AS Monaco FC is on the best path to finally dethrone so far untouchable PSG team in the French Ligue 1, as two rounds before the end of season it has 03 points more than they and have played one match fewer than PSG, so they shouldn’t have too much trouble to keep the leading positing by the end of season. Before that Monaco will give its best in this semi-final match of the Champions League and we expect now their far more aggressive and offensive approach than six days ago as they have nothing to lose. Out of action for this game are: defenders Toure and Mendy, and midfielder Boschilia.

Probable lineups:
AS Monaco FC: (4-4-2): Subasic; Dirar, Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson; Bakayoko, Fabinho, Lemar, B. Silva; Mbappe, Falcao
Juventus FC:  (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini; Khedira, Pjanic; Dybala, Mandzukic, Cuadrado; Higuain

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