Champions League

Jardim promises Monaco will stay positive

2017-04-20 09:58
Leonardo Jardim (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has promised his team will stay true to their attacking philosophy in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Monaco earned a place in the final four with another great display of attacking football on Wednesday as they defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1.

Kylian Mbappe, Radamel Falcao and substitute Valere Germain grabbed the goals as the Ligue 1 leaders beat the Germans 6-3 on aggregate to make the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2003/04.

Defending champions Real Madrid, runners-up Atletico Madrid and Juventus are all potential semi-final opponents, but a proud Jardim said Monaco will not abandon their positive approach.

"All the players played to a high level and I'm very happy with the performance of all of them," Jardim told UEFA website.

"At this level you cannot set limits for your players. We are representing a whole country. France isn't used to having teams reach this stage of the competition.

"It could have been 5-3 or 6-3 because both teams missed several chances," he added. "We knew that they give a lot of space and we took advantage of it.

"Now, regardless of who we will take on next, we will be facing a very experienced team.

"We played a very solid game, we were in control but we showed ambition. We were always looking for the extra goal, that is the way we play, it is in our DNA.

"Our rivals will want to draw us [on Friday] but our ambition is to enjoy it and play with our attacking qualities like we always do."

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