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Allegri: Monaco have nothing to lose

09 May 2017

Juventus, who are closing in on a record sixth straight Serie A title, opened the scoring shortly before the half hour mark following a destructive team move which carved open Monaco.

In the end, Juventus' defensive solidity and experience did the job in a classic away win, taking a 2-0 lead back to Turin.

"The Bianconeri are yet to be breached in the knockout rounds, having remained watertight since Nicolás Pareja's strike for Sevilla on matchday five (which amounts to 621 minutes)", said Paolo Menicucci, a Juventus reporter. Juve are well and truly in command of this tie.

The back line of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon stood firm as they cancelled out Monaco's unsafe front line. Buffon said. "My objective is for people to think "it's a shame he's stopped" when I retire".

"Once we took the lead, there were a few unsafe crosses when Dani Alves was late coming out, then Andrea Barzagli, but overall we should be happy".

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Dybala is five years older than his counterpart, and made that extra bit of polish to his game count.

Kylian Mbappe, subject of a massive bid from Manchester United, and Radamel Falcao showed flashes of Monaco-might-be-able-to-score, but the first leg and the looks-like-the-tie-as-well was put to bed when Higuain completed his brace in the 59 minute.

Juventus completed 100% of their 7 take-ons in the first half vs. Monaco.

He may be frequently criticised for his physique, but Gonzalo Higuain again showed why he is one of the top strikers in the world against Monaco.

Interviewed by Jtv, Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira talked about the Champions League action, Massimiliano Allegri and the team's growth, and Saturday's derby against Turin. Higuain set himself up for the opener, slowing down a counter-attacking raid just long enough to allow Alves to occupy Kamil Glik, with the Polish defender baffled as his opponent backheeled a one-two assist for the Argentinian.

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"However it isn't over yet in the Champions League".

Buffon felt Juve approached the match perfectly as they took a huge step towards reaching a second final in three years. Alves assisted both of Higuain's goals on the night.

The principality club were held scoreless at the Stade Louis II for the first time in Europe this season, but Allegri knows Leonardo Jardim's men travel well, as evidenced by their recent display in Dortmund.

They have youth and the insouciance that comes with it.

Gonzalo Higuain got two crucial away goals for Juventus against Monaco.

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Until Wednesday, Juventus had never kept six consecutive clean sheets in the Champions League.