Monaco vs. Juventus in UEFA Champions League

Like Real, Italian champions Juventus - on the verge of retaining their Serie A title - are strong favourites to dispatch Monaco and they hold a commanding 2-0 lead from the first leg in France.

Dani Alves has scored more goals (9) and delivered more assists (25) than any other full-back in the Champions League since his debut in 2007-08.

"He is a very complete player", he told a news conference, as quoted by Four Four Two.

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Zidane (RIGHT) says Real Madrid need to dish out a "perfect game" to get the better of Simeone's Atletico. "It is not easy to make it into the Champions League final, and now we are at a crucial moment of the season, so tomorrow we need to refocus because we have won nothing yet". The Monaco boss said an early goal could be the catalyst for an upset and urged his players to defy expectations one more time. 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.

The second leg of the match is to be played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin Italy. The precocious talent has netted 24 goals in all competitions this season, including five in the Champions League, per WhoScored.com.

Monaco's young team has earned a lot of admirers this season and coach Leonardo Jardim's task will be to keep his players together, especially with many top clubs following Mbappe.

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Monaco and manager Jardim will be hoping 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe and leading scorer Radamel Falcao do better than in the first leg, when both missed solid chances to score against Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus had to battle back for a 1-1 draw in the derby against Torino.

"We know that every time Higuain gets the ball, you're halfway there to scoring a goal", Alex Sandro said. "That's why I'm still working so hard, and it's clear that playing in such a team helps me, because it makes me happy and there's nothing better than working in such a positive environment". We will have to play aggressively and try to win. We let in a goal nearly on the counter-attack: [Lionel] Messi hammered a shot on goal, I diverted it and [Luis] Suarez scored. That made us even more united.

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The first match a week ago confirmed the favoritism Juventus to a brace from Gonzalo Higuain and another brilliant match from Gigi Buffon brought the "Old lady" to the third Champions League final in the last 14 years.


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