A game that has created less publicity and has seemingly less media fascination than the Madrid derby but one that is surely going to be an exciting affair. Monaco divide opinion: they play a hugely defensive game but they have mastered it, only conceding 4 goals in the Champions League this season (three of those scored by Arsenal), whereas Juventus are leading Serie A and play, from time to time, exhilarating football. Check out the Juventus v Monaco Stats.
Much of this fantastic to watch football is controlled by veteran Andrea Pirlo, who could return from a seven-week long calf injury, to feature as Juventus aim to make their first Champions League semi-final since 2003. However, another of Juve’s midfield generals, Paul Pogba, has been ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the round of 16 win against Borussia Dortmund. Monaco are missing Jeremy Toulalan and ex-Chelsea defender, Ricardo Carvalho to injury.
Juventus lead Serie A by 22 points and are unbeaten in their last 11 home Champions League games and have only been beaten once in the past 16 matches in the competition at the Juventus Stadium. Monaco will look at these stats and quite rightly realise that they will probably have to score more than once to win this tie but they have only scored seven goals in eight games so far in this season’s Champions League, albeit three of them came in North London against Arsenal. Even though, midfielder Joao Moutinho is in confident mood revealing that even though there are many doubters surrounding the club’s potential in Europe and in Ligue 1, the players will not forget that they beat one of Europe’s best sides, both historically and presently, in Arsenal.
I see this game being exciting while also being tactically well organised with Monaco frustrating the hosts.
Juventus 1-1 Monaco