Inspired Alves leads Juventus into Champions League final

Even more, it was the 34-year-old Dani Alves who inspired the Bianconeri to reach its second final in three years.

I'm really happy because I'm in good shape.

Buffon will be looking to win a first Champions League title, having been on the losing side in 2003 and 2015.

"I don't need people to talk about my merits", said the phlegmatic coach after his team won 2-1 to complete a 4-1 aggregate semi-final win.

However, as usual, Arsenal have dillied and dallied, allowing the Wenger decision to go on and on, to such a point that it has affected results at the club, while also letting Allegri make that decision to stay at Juventus. "In a few years, this team will be 30 percent stronger".


Juventus' other goal was scored by Mario Mandžukić from the Brazilian's superb cross in the 33rd minute.

Alves whipped the ball into the Monaco box from the right towards Mandzukic, whose header was saved before the Croatian lashed the rebound past Subasic. "If we'd taken to the pitch thinking we were already through we would have found it tough but we were ready to react to everything they threw at us", said Buffon.

Monaco's task will be keeping their talented youngsters together, with offers set to flood in when the transfer window reopens in June. "We learned that the game is never over, we have to be plugged in throughout". It doesn't matter what happened in the past, it only matters what we can achieve with this team now. Work pays, we can see the success of everything we've put in place. Juventus opened the scoring and made the scoreline 1-0.

It will be Allegri's second appearance in a Champions League final with Juventus in three years as manager, but he insisted he can not take the plaudits for their success.

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 grown in respect to two years ago, when we were a surprise. It should be fine if we do things well". "But it's not like we're any less now". "I think Juventus have a very good chance of winning the Champions League". "Plus with the weapons we have in front we always manage to score".


Juventus have a month to improve before the Champions League final, says manager Massimiliano Allegri, who has urged his players to keep their focus.

In the second half, Monaco was more effective, cutting the Juventus lead to one in the 69th minute when Mbappe beat Gianluigi Buffon, who had not conceded in the last 690 minutes.

There was a minor scare at the other end when Juventus saw their defence, which was on a run of more than 11 hours without conceding a Champions League goal, stretched as Mbappe nearly got on the end of a low cross from Mendy before Giorgio Chiellini guided the ball behind.

The teenager's strike was only a consolation for Monaco, with the goal making it 2-1 Juve on the night and 4-1 on aggregate.



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