After what happened with Arsenal, Juventus must take extra precautions because Monaco is willing to break lotteries in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League
In the final stretch to confirm his victory in the Italian League, Juventus of Turin faces as clear favorite, the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Monaco, one of the surprises of the competition.
It will be a reissue of the semifinals of the 1997/98 season, when Juventus, directed by Marcelo Lippi, was imposed on the way to Jean Tigana's Monaco 4-1 advantage that continued in the Luis II even though they fell 3-2.
The "signora vechia" expected to confirm that condition of favorite to return despite twelve years after his last semi-final in the continental showpiece, in a season that seems to have again found his past greatness in Europe.
But after the stumble against Parma, bottom, on the 30th day of the Serie A, coach Massimiliano Allegri has called on its staff, undisputed leader of the League with 12 points, more concentration to avoid a scare in Europe.
The Milan tabbed bet on his best eleven holder, with the known exception of the injured French Pogba. Thus, forward will be expected the tandem formed by the strikers Carlos Tévez and Álvaro Morata, wreckers in the win at home over the Borussia Dortmund (0-3) in the second round of the Champions League return match.
The fireproof Andrea Pirlo, although he has been called, is still recovering from his recent injury and remains unclear Allegri decide to count on him throughout the game or as an alternate.
Yes they will be in the field the usual Gianluigi Buffon and defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, midfielders Arturo Vidal and Roberto Pereyra.
The statistic is on their side. Juventus has not lost never against a French opponent in their Stadium, in which chains eleven consecutive duels without defeat in Europe.
A year after the last classification for the Juventus of Turin semi-final was the Monaco that crept among the top four in Europe.
He did it in a season, the 2003 / 2004 in which, against all odds, reached the final, with Didier Deschamps in the dock.
Now repeat that feat is what intends to be the whole of the Principality, directed by a Leandro Jardim which has failed to impregnate the team of regularity that Russian billionaires club owners expected.
Based on a defense strong and effective, the least win of the group stage, the Monaco was surprised in the second round to Arsenal in London and kept income to certify the classification in Luis II for the double value of the goals achieved in the opposite field.
But neither the fact of being stuck between the best eight of Europe has serenado a team that fails to string a run of good results.
After two draws, won the fall last Friday and is the third of its Championship to 13 points from Paris Saint-Germain, so in France his goal seems more fight third-place Marseille which dispute the title to Lyons and Parisian.
And, if possible, to give the surprise in Europe, a condition that seems to subscribers, even though the Monegasques have never won in Italy again.
Jardim has doubts Jérémy Toulalan, with a muscle problem, and Ricardo Carvalho, but all indications are that both will be in their eleven, luso technician wants to enhance experience.
Something that seems to care less at the end of the attack, where veteran Berbatov seems he will yield his position to the young Martial.