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AS Monaco v Juventus

AS Monaco v Juventus

This XI includes only those players who are available for selection on Wednesday, so no one injured or suspended. Allegri wants his central midfield pair of Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic to get on the ball, his full-backs high up the pitch to support the wingers to stretch play, and his front two playing in proximity to each other.

Buffon accepts the pressure is on Juve.

Giorgio Chiellini is the obvious choice.

More than nine months on he has 28 goals in all competitions and has now scored 45 in 50 European appearances, putting him ahead of German great Gerd Muüller as the most prolific player ever in continental competition.

His partner might be just as good.

If Djibril Sidibe hadn't gotten injured, this decision would have been a lot tougher. Alves is better than his current counterpart on Monaco, Almany Toure, and is a lock at right-back.

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Falcao conceded his thoughts had already turned towards getting back on track at Monaco when it became clear he would not feature at Chelsea by the midway point of last season. He has netted 19 in 26 league games this season for French league leader Monaco, even more impressive considering seven of those have been as a substitute. He is coming off of his best performance against Borussia Dortmund, in which he helped secure a 3-1 win.

After failing to reach the last four of the Champions League from 2003/04 to 2013/14, Juventus have now made the semis for the second time in three seasons (after 2014/15). But Juventus are no slouches in the attacking department, with Argentine duo Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain capable of ripping any defence to shreds. "It is a dream", said Falcao, twice a Europa League victor. Silva has the edge for two.

Former Monaco and Juventus striker David Trezeguet sees Kylian Mbappe as a potential successor to legendary countryman Thierry Henry.

This time a year ago Falcao was considered a busted flush after two seasons on loan in the Premier League, with Manchester United and then Chelsea, yielded just five goals. Third, Silva's more naturally suited to a 4-4-2 diamond. The latter stages of the Champions League are often decided by the slimmest of margins and Juve's ability not to concede will make all the difference. Lemar has two goals and four assists in 807 minutes in the competition so far and has been a vital playmaker feeding Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe up top. I am free to go right, left or in the centre. "If the coach isn't optimistic, he can't get his message across to the players".

Manchester United have always been linked with signing a new forward but have been regularly mooted with a move for Mbappe's compatriot Antoine Griezmann, while their neighbours Manchester City may have to swallow their pride and pay the astronomical sum Monaco demand if Sergio Aguero leaves the club at the end of the season.

Radamel Falcao joins Higuain up top. "I'm glad I'll play against him". He's scored five goals in this season's Champions League and led an otherwise very young Monaco team to the semifinals.


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