Can Monaco upset the odds and repeat their Arsenal success?

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AS Monaco take on Juventus on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

After the success they had in the last 16 against Arsenal, Ligue 1 side AS Monaco face Juventus on Tuesday night with the same underdog status they had before the last round.

Juventus are by far the better side with much more experienced and generally better players in the starting XI, but that was supposed to be the same position Arsenal were in.

Leonardo Jardim’s side from the principality will be hoping they can spring the same sort of surprise as they did at the Emirates.

The styles match up fairly similarly. Juventus did to Borussia Dortmund what Monaco did to Arsenal, they invited them on, waited for the home side to attack and then picked them off on the break, both sides winning the away leg 3-1.

However, at the Juventus Stadium, Maximiliano Allegri’s men will be urged to attack at home, especially against a “weaker” opponent. As Arsene Wenger found out in London, this plays right into Monaco’s game-plan.

Similar to that first game, Monaco are likely to be without veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, but it will give them a chance to play Fabinho in the middle and Andrea Raggi will provide stability from right-back.

Monaco used this game-plan against Caen on Friday, hitting the Ligue 1 side on the break on three separate occasions. It was a masterclass in counter-attacking football and something that Juventus will have to be very wary off.

Write Monaco off at your peril, so-called experts have been doing it all season, they are now third in Ligue 1 and they have as good a chance as anyone of making the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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