Brazilian stars as Juventus reaches Euro final

by Leon Thompson May 13, 2017, 1:04

UEFA also named Damir Skomina of Slovenia to referee the Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United.

MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI, Juventus manager, on the challenge that lies ahead for his players.

Leonardo Bonucci believes Juventus are "now a certainty, not a surprise" in the Champions League final after booking their spot in the Cardiff showpiece.

Dani Alves proved his critics wrong as he inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second Champions League final in three years.

Dani Alves has completed 63% of his attempted take-ons in the Champions League this season.

"I think Juve have the tools to win this trophy now".

So, it'll be a Juventus-Real Madrid final, what a contest this could be in Cardiff as holders, Real, look to create history, becoming the first club to defend the competition in the Champions League era. "We have all grown since 2015, including myself, and getting to the final is no easy thing". We have more confidence [than Juve's runners-up of 2015] and we will go there to win. The road team is going off at +450 to pull off a road upset and +295 to play to a draw.

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Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim batted off suggestions that Tuesday might have been the last big night for his talented young squad before its brightest stars are lured away.

He may have lifted the trophy three times in the last eight years, but as his performances against Monaco showed, that desire to be the best never gets old.

"This Juve is stronger than it was in 2015".

According to the Sun, Conte wants players who have played at the highest level and won titles Europe.

"We're very proud of this exceptional European run", Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev said.

"He has brought experience and enthusiasm to Juventus".

The decision to snub Alves' return has come back to bite Barcelona, though, as Aleix Vidal, who was bought in as a long-term replacement for the Brazilian, struggled to live up to expectations before sustaining a season-ending injury.


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