Italian giants Juventus completed a double over Monaco on Tuesday night to cement their place in the 2017 final of the UEFA Champions League.

"On the one hand there was a very experienced team and on the other there was a young side", Jardim said.

Captain Gianluigi Buffon said post-match that reaching the final would mean nothing without victory in Cardiff and Allegri too espoused the importance of seeing out a first treble by an Italian side since Jose Mourinho's Inter after being denied by Barca in 2015.

Monaco were poor in the first leg and as a result they need to score at least 2 goals away from home if they have any chance of making the second leg a contest.

Champions League holders Real Madrid look Juve's most likely opponents given their commanding 3-0 first-leg lead over city rivals Atletico.

Monaco, meanwhile, remain in with a chance of Ligue 1 glory domestically and a dramatic turnaround against Juve would take their sensational campaign to another level, with Kylian Mbappe looking to make more of an impact than he did in the first leg.

But they will be giving it their all to try and overturn the deficit.

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"Playing a final is enough motivation for me", Alves said.

Mbappe finally got on the score sheet in the 69th minute finishing from close range off a low cross from the left.

"This time around we know how to manage the key moments and we have the confidence to go toe to toe with Europe's best in the knowledge that we have what it takes to beat them", he added. The new French sensation has been in sublime form and will play a crucial part in Monaco's second leg encounter. The Bianconeri needed a stoppage-time equalizer from substitute Gonzalo Higuain as they missed extending their league record to 34 successive home wins.

"Over nine months if you play every game, sometimes you are empty by the end of the season".

The Argentina striker converted two Dani Alves crosses to give his side a strong two-goal advantage heading into the second leg, and Chiellini believes Higuain is one of the best forwards in the world. "I'd say the greatest difference between this Juventus and the one you saw in the final two years ago is inner belief", ESPN quoted Chiellini as saying. "We have to improve certain things, because this squad is capable of improving". But, for that, they need to get past the Italian champions first which look a very hard task for them.

Leonardo Jardim's exciting young side face an nearly impossible task against the Serie A giants.


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