Monaco have more than a mountain to hurdle if they wish to salvage victory against Juventus in their Champions League semi-final tie.
And perhaps, they need more than a miracle to accomplish that.
After whipping the French side 2-0 in the first leg, the Italian champions go for the kill in the second leg.
Those two away goals were precious as gems. And blessed with probably the most suffocating of defense to stop attacking opponents, we can’t see anything wrong going for the Bianconeri.
In addition, the Serie A titlists registered a club record by keeping a sixth consecutive clean sheet in the Champions League, holding the French team to only their fourth blank in 57 fixtures this season.
This match should look to be a formality for Juve to enter the final where a clash with holders Real Madrid appear imminent after the Los Blancos pounded city rivals Atletico 3-0 in the first leg of their own matchup.
Monaco may be one of the highest scoring teams in Europe but against Juve, they were shut down by Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, two of the renowned “BBC’’ trio (the other being Andrea Barzagli).
Expect both defenders to be at full work again at Juventus Stadium, where the Italians have conceded only seven goals in their last 16 matches, even as the French attempt to breach the backline although this seems far-fetched because of the solid wall built around the duo.
And of course, let’s not put Gonzalo Higuain out of the picture. Definitely not, because he may be out to duplicate his two-goal feat at Stade Louis II in the opener now that more goading from home fans are sure to ignite more power in his sturdy pair of legs.
Youngster Kylian Mbappe will lead Monaco’s attack but he would need more than his ferocity in front of goal to lift his side. He should be well supported, too, by his teammates specially Radamel Falcao in order for them to avoid being massacred on Italian soil.
Leonardo Jardim is a coach in big trouble as he prepare Monaco for this match. His counterpart, Massimiliano Allegri, will be the exact opposite but he will definitely be telling his players not to lay down their guards for this match. Everything happens in football, as they say.
Like Real Madrid, the Bianconeri are the only team left in the tournament yet to absorb defeat and the road appears well paved for them to progress to a second final in three seasons.
Having said that, it looks like this tie is all wrapped up for Juventus.
Do we hear Juve players chanting in unison “Bring on Real Madrid!’’?