After lighting up every competition they’ve taken part in this season, hopes were high in the Monaco camp that they could go one step further in the Champions League and reach a first final in 13 years. Then Juventus arrived.
The Italian champions have had their eyes firmly set on Europe’s biggest prize for a number of years, and last week they delivered maybe their strongest declaration of intent yet with a ruthlessly efficient performance at the Stade Louis II.
The 2-0 lead established with Gonzalo Higuaín’s brace looks unassailable in the fortress that is the Juventus Stadium, but is there any way back for Monaco?
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) suggests that all hope should not be lost just yet, with Monaco performing better than their hosts in 7 out of 15 key statistical areas over their last 10 respective outings.
In attack, there has been no better side in Europe than Monaco this season. They are averaging 2.3 goals per game and finding the back of the net with 23% of their shots, making them a threat to any side.
What they learnt last week, however, is that this Juve side is unbelievably defensively resolute. They have conceded just 4 in their last 10, with the evergreen Gianluigi Buffon keeping 7 clean sheets.
Monaco can take a huge amount of heart from their Champions League campaign this term, but overcoming this Juve defense simply looks like being a step too far. The smart money is on the Italians to book their spot in the final, and who would bet against them taking the trophy home from Cardiff too?
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