Juventus are through to the semi finals of UEFA Champions league after playing out a draw against Monaco. Juve did not create many chances in the game and coach Max Allegri defended his tactics by saying that he decided to play in this way because of the game conditions.
Arturo Vidala s penalty in the first leg proved enough for Juventus to reach the semis, where they will meet either Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Going into this game, AS Monaco had conceded only two goals in the tournament. And they made life difficult for Juventus attackers in this game as well. On the other hand, Monaco did play an attacking game and created many chances. Many of Monacoa s penalty appeals were rejected by the referee in the first half.
Juventus coach Max Allegri was happy with the result and defended his tactics to play for a draw.
a Tonight the objective was to reach the semi-final. We might not have played very attractive football, but ita s difficult to take on Monaco and we made many technical errors,a Max Allegri told Sport Mediaset.
a I think it was a good performance defensively, as we allowed little or nothing to Monaco. At the end of the day, the result counts for more than the performance tonight.a
Juventus captain Buffon was the member of the squad that reached the finals in 2003, and he was extremely pleased with this yearsa progression.
a I thought Ia d have to wait less when I was at this stage 12 years ago, but seeing the journey was very difficult, we can enjoy this result even more.
a Of course, we know that we havena t achieved anything yet,a Buffon told Sport Mediaset.
a We wanted to get through to the next round at all costs. We knew it was a great opportunity and after 12 years we wanted to honour the history of Juventus,a concluded the legend.