Dani Alves nets stunner as Juventus beat Monaco to reach UCL final

Jessica Allison
May 10, 2017

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned his players that they must take nothing for granted as they prepare to battle Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League semi-finals tie.

Dani Alves was the standout performer for the Italian club, providing the two assists for Gonzalo Higuain, who finished with aplomb. As I said in my forecast for the upcoming match on Saturday against Nancy, Monaco is closest to the title, and as a result of the defeat of PSG, increased its advantage to 3 points, leaving one game in reserve. With five goals this season, it is already the most prolific campaign of his career in the competition. Lionel Messi leads the way with 35 league goals this season, with Edinson Cavani second with 33 and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski joint third with 28.

Here, we take a look at some of the key Opta stats ahead of Tuesday's second leg.Higuain scored two goals in the first leg, as many as in his 24 previous Champions League knockout games. Both teams lead their own leagues and are on the brink of winning their respective titles while Juventus have also reached the Italian Cup final, putting them on course for a treble.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is not one to make sweeping statements, but he refuses to believe that the tie is over and an early goal for his young side would put the home fans on edge. From tomorrow we have to think about what we can do in these in 20 days.

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Jardim will be hoping 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe and top scorer Radamel Falcao do better than in the first leg, when both missed good chances to score against Gianluigi Buffon. We are the opposite, physically we are very strong and that is good news for the end of the season, he said ominously. As for the Champions League, the "Monegasque" scored in the playoffs three goals "Borussia" in Dortmund and two "Manchester City" in England.

"We should not be obsessed in getting the victory at all costs, because the result from the first leg gives us a degree of control".

Atletico's much-hyped defense failed in the first leg, and now it's up to the offense to try to get the team back on its feet. But Bonucci and Chiellini's yellow cards from the first leg could see them ruled out of the final in Cardiff, should they pick up another.

But when you win the league that often, the priority switches to Europe. It conceded three goals four times this season, including in a 3-2 home loss to Barcelona.

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