recorderjournal.com

Sport

Higuain fires Juventus to victory at Monaco

Share
Juventus Gonzalo Higuain Dani Alves Champions League

The Serie A champions visit the Stade Louis II on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

His delivery for the second was inch flawless and in creating both goals he now has six assists in the competition, bettering his best tally of five when at Barcelona in 2007-08 and 2010-11.

"No, I try to do my best not to think about others", Pipita told Corriere dello Sport.

- Juventus and Real Madrid are the only unbeaten teams in this season's Champions League.

"Juventus are magnificent. Higuain, all jokes aside, took his goals brilliantly", he said. With numerous young Rouges et Blancs outfit having no experience with the pressure of a title run in, PSG know that they can put the pressure back on Monaco tomorrow with a victory at home to Bastia, now at the bottom of the table.

The Italian champion has the final in Cardiff on June 3 in its sights, with a showdown against holder Real Madrid, Higuain's former side, looking probable.

"I have to prove I can still play at this level despite my age". We work every day to be ready to face big players, so this is a valuable learning experience and will help us to progress faster.

I must give my compliments to the team following this opening match in Monaco - it was not easy.

With two away goals for Juventus, Monaco will have to hope they can do the same and take the game to extra time.

Gianluigi Buffon celebrated his 100th Champions League game for Juventus in typical fashion, making a string of brilliant saves.

The Old Lady started the brighter against a nervy Monaco side with Massimiliano Allegri's men looking unsafe on the right-hand side and in particular Daniel Alves who provided the hosts with early problems. "So I could say that I have improved a lot, both in the field, tactically, and off the field, learning a new mentality and a new culture".

"I work for the team".

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, like his counterpart Allegri, made sure to praise 39-year-old goalkeeper Buffon, who rolled back the years to frustrate teenage talent Kylian Mbappe.

It plays Nancy on Saturday and needs two wins from its last four league games to become champion.

"We lacked a little bit of experience, but most importantly of all we weren't clinical enough in front of goal", Mbappe was quoted as saying by UEFA. We played well at the back but we had Gigi (Buffon) to thank, too, because when you're up against players this good you always end up conceding a few chances.

Share