Leonardo Jardim believes Monaco’s fine goal-scoring form will see them overcome Juventus and reach the Champions League final.
The Ligue 1 leaders host Juve in the first leg of their semifinal tie on Wednesday, seeking to reach the final of the competition for the first time since 2004.
Monaco have failed to score in just one of their 14 matches in the Champions League this season, and that was their trip to Leverkusen in the final group game when they had already secured top spot.
They have scored three goals in each of their four knockout games to date, and though Juventus kept out Barcelona over two legs in the quarterfinals, Jardim is confident his prolific team will find a way through the Bianconeri’s well-drilled rearguard.
“Football isn’t similar from game to game. If Barca didn’t score during two matches, it doesn’t worry us. We scored six goals against Dortmund, for example,” Jardim told a news conference.
“I think tomorrow will be an important match, even if the tie will be decided in Turin. I think we’ll score goals there as we have done in all of our important games. So it’s important to end up with a win tomorrow evening.”
Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will play with a mask to protect a nose broken which he suffered in a training ground collision with teammate Kamel Glik.
Jardim may be tempted to bring Djibril Sidibe back into the side, though the France international full-back may not be fully recovered after an appendicitis operation.
“Juve are totally different to the teams we have played like Dortmund or [Manchester] City,” Jardim added. “They are more attacking than Juve.
“We have to be even more careful and to pay attention to our transitions and at set pieces. We have to inject pace into our attacking transitions.”
Source: Ian Holyman/ ESPN