Juventus reach Champions League for second time in three years

  • Juventus reach Champions League for second time in three years

Juventus reach Champions League for second time in three years

Juventus secured themselves a second Champions League final berth in three years with 2-1 home victory over Monaco in the Tuesday night's semi-final second leg.

Consider: The Old Lady are almost into their second Champions League final since Bayern last played in one, just toppled Barcelona, 3-0, in dominating fashion to make the semifinals, and dispatched Real Madrid in the semifinals two years ago to make that final.

The Serie A leaders never looked like letting slip a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, and tightened their grip on the tie when Mario Mandzukic put them ahead after 33 minutes.

Monaco's 2-0 home loss last week earned Juventus an insurmountable position as no team has turned around the table from a two-goal deficit in Champions League semi-finals first leg, according to UEFA statistics.

The 18-year-old hot-shot has taken Ligue 1 by storm this season and made an impact in the Champions League as the principality club reached the last four, only to lose to Juventus.

And on this evidence, Massimiliano Allegri's sinewy, battle-hardened squad stand a good chance of adding to the club's meager return of two triumphs when they meet either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid in Cardiff on June 3.

It was a virtuoso display from Alves as well as the 34-year-old Brazilian set up even more opportunities for Higuain as well as Paulo Dybala before his magic minute prior to half time. Things would stay the same until full time and the history books will record a 4-1 Juventus aggregate triumph. I think that scuffle with Glik actually brought us back into the game. Our midfielders are perfectly suited for the formation we're playing and we're very comfortable with it, too.

Both teams lead their own leagues and are on the brink of winning their respective titles while Juventus have also reached the Italian Cup final, putting them on course for a treble.

While Juventus are unquestionably good enough to frustrate any opponent in the Champions League final with their rock-solid defence, doubts remain over their ability to be ruthless against the very best when it comes to finding the back of the net.

Mbappe's goal was Monaco's 150th this season in all competitions; only Real Madrid (158) and Barcelona (160) have scored more from the big five European leagues.