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Falcao: Monaco can improve on Champions League run


Two years ago, "Juventus" played in a draw on the road with "Monaco" 0: 0, and beat 1: 0 home of the French.

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. "It would be the greatest joy of my career, together with the (2006) World Cup, because it would nearly be a reward - the end of a very difficult road paved by bravery, stubbornness and hard work", Buffon told uefa.com, when asked what it would mean to him if he won the Champions League title with Juventus.

"We've got a small advantage after the first-leg win, but we have to play as if it's a one-off match".

After taking a step closer to the Champions League final on Wednesday, Juventus can secure an unprecedented sixth straight Serie A title this weekend if results go its way.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim also praised the efforts of his young side after their exited the competition, who will now have the Ligue 1 title firmly in their sights.

"Now we are at halfway and we want to continue with our dreams". They need to work on their defense first and not concede any more goal as any more goal could mean that its all over for them.

"You never know in football what can happen in a single game", he told reporters.


As for Monaco's performances in this season's Champions League, Mbappe saw them as valuable experience.

"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".

After an injury-interrupted start at Juventus, Dani Alves has rediscovered the form which helped him win 23 trophies over eight seasons with Barcelona and made him one of their most influential players.

Coach Zinedine Zidane will be able to count on a fresh Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested in the team's Spanish league win over Granada on Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain was the main man for Juventus as he scored twice in the Stade Louis II stadium, the Argentine finished off a brilliant move for the opener and could have claimed more goals.

The Portuguese star had scored 21 goals in 28 appearances against Atletico. 'Over nine months if you play every game, sometimes you are empty by the end of the season.

There was a minor scare at the other end when Juventus saw their defence, which was on a run of more than 11 hours without conceding a Champions League goal, stretched as Mbappe nearly got on the end of a low cross from Mendy before Giorgio Chiellini guided the ball behind.

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