Champions League

Time for maturity - Monaco boss

2015-04-22 10:18
Dimitar Berbatov (AFP)

Monte Carlo - Monaco must "not lose their heads" against a Juventus team with few notable weaknesses as they set about trying to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their Champions League quarter-final return on Wednesday, coach Leonardo Jardim said.

A controversial penalty gave Juventus the edge in Turin and Jardim believes Monaco must show maturity.

"We have to take the necessary risks... we must have the ability and intelligence to play a great game," Jardim told a news conference on Tuesday.

"We mustn't lose our heads. Our rival is extremely experienced and if we are not mature about it we could run into problems."

Solid at the back, Monaco failed to convert the chances that came their way in the first leg, particularly in the first 15 minutes of the game.

"We have to play a perfect game with good organisation in attack... be effective with the desire to score the goals we need," Jardim added.

"Juventus have great players all over the team, not just in attack. There's no single area where they are weaker. We are prepared to face any tactical situation Juventus throw at us."

Monaco, third in Ligue 1, scored just four goals in six group matches before stunning Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates in the last 16 first leg.

The principality side then lost the home leg 2-0 to scrape through on away goals and Jardim knows they must find a way to unlock Juve's defence.

"It's true that we had more away goals but I hope to repeat this at home like we did, for example, against Zenit (in a 2-0 group stage win)," he said.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side will not sit back on their slender lead and will look for goals.

"It's still all to play for and we need to score to go through. We know Monaco a little bit better after playing against them, they're a tough side who defend really well and are physically and technically gifted," he told reporters.

"It will be a difficult match just like the first leg, and we can't afford to switch off for a second."

Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is available for selection, Allegri said, after a bout of flu.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Basel v Manchester City, TBA 21:45
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur, TBA 21:45
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Real Madrid v PSG, TBA 21:45
Porto v Liverpool, TBA 21:45
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Chelsea v Barcelona, TBA 21:45
Bayern Munchen v Besiktas, TBA 21:45
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma, TBA 21:45
Sevilla v Manchester United, TBA 21:45
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
PSG v Real Madrid, TBA 21:45
Liverpool v Porto, TBA 21:45
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Manchester City v Basel, TBA 21:45
Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus, TBA 21:45
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Which English Premier League club will progress furthest in this season's Champions League?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.