With finals coming, in football-today opinion, Juventus confirmed its status. Massimiliano Allegri’s team showed flawless tactics. Arrigo Sacchi called the “la Vecchia Segnora” the most balanced team in Europe. In the home match “Monaco” looked at first and had moments for the goal. But the starting initiative did not last. The class, perfect teamwork and the confidence of the Italian Grand did their job. Allegri’s decision to build a game with four defenders and Dani Alves in the middle line worked 100%. The Brazilian made two assists to Higuain and, in fact, won this game.
The factor of predictability with finals coming
Everything turned out as it happened in many ways thanks to the coaching. Juventus goes home in a good mood. “Monaco” played their football, but lost. It is important to note the intellect of Turin’s team. They managed to draw the appropriate conclusions and adjusted to their opponent during the play. The Monegasques had a chance to catch on to a positive result in the debut of the bout. Afterwards Juventus players blocked oxygen for both Falcao and Kylian Mbappé. Experience and class beat the talent – there’s nothing to complain about. All is fare.
Do Statistics show everything?
Attacks (on target): 14 (5) – 10 (4)
The hosts started to create threats to the gates and calmness of Buffon earlier. But “Gigi” coped with the attacks of Mbappé and Falcao securing his team the right to the first scoring attack. It’s like in turn-based strategy. “Monaco” made its moves, but did not inflict tangible damage to the opponent. Juventus worked clearly and accurately. Normally, Leonard Jardim’s team does not miss chances to score. But the players from Turin showed a master class. The Higuain had two distinct opportunities – both ended with a goal. First actions of the Argentine player in the match were unsuccessful. He fell on the lawn by his own initiative. Then he did not jump for the ball. Last, he struck along the gate when it was necessary to play neatly. But Higuain pulled himself together and brought “Juve” closer to the Champions League final.
Possession: 50.3% – 49.7%
There was not a clear “first number” in this meeting. None wanted to dictate the terms. Both teams were happy to attack immediately when the opportunity presented itself. True, Monaco changed possession in its favor at the end of the meeting. Juve had already abandoned the initiative at that time. In any case there was no noticeable advantage over any side in any phase of the confrontation. Teams sought to play not so much for the ball as for the space.
The hero of the match — Dani Alves = 9 out of 10
Former striker of Real Madrid scored a brace of goals. Gonzalo did a good job. But ex-defender of Barcelona played a major role in victory of Juventus on Stade Louis II. The Brazilian played in midfield. His work initially insured the implementation of Allegri’s tactical plan for the match. Dani did not forget to help Barzagli on the flank. He also collected the main prizes in the attack: two amazing assists. Great game!
The beauty of the match — first scoring combination of Juventus
Juventus delivered freaky attack in the first half, not even a single slip. A neat pass by Marchisio followed by Dybala’s heel, Dani Alves and Higuain dragged the ball to the penalty area together. There the Brazilian worked his heel for the second time. Then it was the matter of technique – the ball ended in the gate. It’s like Redondo’s memorable feint at Old Trafford and a goal assist to Raul. It’s the Champions League showcase goal for the next season; especially, if Juventus wins in finals coming.
Are the finalists of the Champions League clear?
Perhaps the intrigue in both pairs died, but this is not the case when we should be upset. With finals coming it seems everything leads to the “Dream Finale” – Real Madrid against Juventus! Atlético and Monaco face difficult challenges. Atlético at least can count on the courage to receive from furious “Vicente Calderon”. Contrary, the Monegasques go to Turin, where Juventus is a wall and knows no defeats. Times change, but the “la Vecchia Segnora” was and remains a team that knows how to play, depending on the circumstances. And, all the circumstances are on the side of the “Bianconeri”. In football-today opinion, the finals coming would be the most marvelous to watch!