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Juve on verge of reaching UCL Final

May 30 2017, 07:17 | Van Peters

Mbappe learns plenty from Juve defeat

Champions League Dani Alves' brilliance takes Juventus into final with 2-1 win over Monaco

The free-scoring French champions-in-waiting have struck three goals 27 times this season. Higuain and Mandzukic are top-class strikers and each has a big club pedigree but if they each have one chance in the final, will they take it?

Comfortable first-leg semi-final winners against Atletico Madrid and Monaco, by 3-0 and 2-0 scorelines respectively, Real Madrid and Juventus are close to setting up a repeat of their 1997 UEFA Champions League final, which ended with Los Blancos winning the trophy for a seventh time.

Stay tuned here for updates and highlights of goals and key plays throughout this second leg.

But Juventus have won five Serie A titles in a row and are aiming for their sixth by getting a result at Roma on Sunday. The Turin side have won the championship twice, but not since 1995/96 season. They have proven in past that they could beat good teams and they would be hoping that this could be one of that matches. The odds are against them as there have been only two teams who have progressed further in the competition after losing at home in the first leg and never when they were two goals down.

Massimiliano Allegri's men come into this match on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw in the Turin derby against Torino. That goal may have robbed this performance of its perfection, but Juventus still did more than enough.

Juventus smartly snapped him up and the 49-year-old has built on what Antonio Conte started, taking the "old lady" to continental heights the now Chelsea boss couldn't. And leverkuzentsev match with only one in which the French were not killed on the road.

And expect them to be even meaner on home turf.

"We've got to get their first", Chiellini said.

For Monaco things look grim.

After failing to reach the last four of the Champions League from 2003-04 to 2013-14, Juventus have now made the semis for the second time in the past three seasons.

It will be the ninth time Juventus, runner-up in 2015, have contested the final of Europe's elite club competition.

Juve are unbeaten in 18 Champions League home games since 2013/14 and after drawing their opening two at the J Stadium this term, they've since beaten Dinamo Zagreb, Porto and Barca without conceding.

Guido Carrillo returns to the matchday squad, having been on the bench at the weekend for Monaco's 3-0 win at Nancy. Only Daniele Rugani is reported to be out due to an ankle injury and Touré seems to be uncertain.

Juventus starting lineup (3-4-3): Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli; Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanić, Dani Alves; Mario Mandžukić, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala.

Mbappe's teammate Bernardo Silva stressed the tie was not yet over.

The most important factor in my betting prediction in this match up is the Italian defense. Many believe Real is now the best team in the world, and with this kind of depth it is hard to argue.

Captain Gabi said they wanted to repay the fans: "Once again they haven't left us behind". My long shot match result prediction is: Juventus v Monaco to finish 1-1.



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