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5 Truths from Juventus 2-0 easy victory vs Monaco

In the second Champions League semifinal played last night, Juventus traveled to the Stade Louis II to obliterate a young Monaco side, led by Leonardo Jardim. The Turin giants put up another defensive masterclass to outwit a Monaco team who were looking to reach their first final in thirteen years.

Here are indisputable facts garnered from that pulsating encounter.

1. Juventus remains the best defensive side in the tournament

Monaco has been in superb goalscoring form in this season’s Champions League. The guys from the Principality have fought through thick and thin, navigating through the play-off stages and making their way to the semifinal. One thing they’ve always done is the score at home.

However, against Juventus, their attacking prowess was absolutely stifled. For the first time in the competition, Monaco failed to register a goal at home. It all points to Juventus’ defensive superiority in Europe this term.

The Old Lady has only let in two goals in this year’s competition. Monaco was only allowed 11 shots all game, with only four hitting its target. However, when the shots did come in, they were too weak or too poor to beat Buffon.

2. The Champions League is a competition for men not boys

If you’ve been an avid follower of the Champions League, you’d have discovered that teams who pick up the title are teams who have the right blend of experience and youth. Monaco just doesn’t have that blend, yet. Les Monégasques poses an average age of 25, whereas the average age of the Juve team is 29.

Against a more experienced opponent, Monaco was easily doused, despite playing at home. With men like Marchisio, Mandzukic, Higuaín, Buffon etc. Juve was always going to find a way make some young boys suffer.

Monaco’s got a great young team; perhaps one for the future. In the next four, five years, these same players will light up the Champions League stage. For now, however, they must bow to the superiority of real men.

3. Higuain still got it

Gonzalo Higuain has struggled to find his feet in Champions League away games. For the past 10 years, both with Real Madrid, Napoli and this term with Juventus, Higuain has failed to register a goal away from home in the Champions League.

However, at the Stade Louis II in the Principality, Gonzalo Higuain had two unstoppable shots on target to sink Monaco. Two away goals in both halves were saw Higuain’s destroy a 10-year drought in Champions League away fixtures.

The Argentine might well have sent Juve to the Champions League final with those goals. What a time to strike!

4. Masterclass Dani Alves

It looked like Dani Alves was done and dusted when he left Barcelona last summer. No, it’s now glaring that Barcelona had made a colossal mistake by letting him go on the cheap; oh, he actually left for free! What a joke!

Against Monaco, Dani Alves showed why he remains one of the best right full-backs in the world; despite turning 33 this year and having broken his leg in November, the Brazilian looked as sharp as ever.

Alves was a constant terror to Monaco down that right wing. He was duly named the man of the match and Gonzalo Higuain had him to thank for his two goals – the former Blaugrana stepped up with two superb assists. It was a masterclass performance from Dani.

5. Allegri is a tactical genius

Massimiliano Allegri is gradually asserting himself as one of the best soccer tacticians in Europe; good for him, he has the players to execute his system to perfection.

Against Monaco, Allegri reverted to a back-three, with  Leonardo Bonucci, Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini forming the defensive triumvirate. Dani Alves and Alex Sandro played as right and left wing backs respectively. Allegri then deployed Marchisio and Pjanic in defensive midfield, while Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic played in attacking midfield supporting Gonzalo Higuain who played as the lone man up front in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

It proved to be another tactical genius from Allegri. Monaco created next to nothing in midfield as Leonardo Jardim’s men were left absolutely bewildered and short of options.

With Massimiliano Allegri’s continued brilliance from the bench, tipping Juve to go all the way doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, does it?

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