Monaco are in Turin tonight for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus.
When Monaco face Juventus tonight, the side that conquered Arsenal face a number of tough individual battles against the Serie A leaders.
If Monaco want to have any chance of taking a positive result back to the Stade Louis II – here are two battles they must win at the Juventus Stadium.
Stephan Lichtsteiner vs. Monaco’s left-side
Playing 4-3-1-2, Juventus will look for the Swiss full-back to provide plenty of width down the right, but up against both Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Layvin Kurzawa, it could be a more defensive based night for the former Lille defender.
Ferreira Carrasco was excellent in Monaco’s 3-0 win over Caen and if he plays near the same level, he will be crucial to the away side’s success. His runs, both wide on the left and when he comes inside, will provide space for Kurzawa to push forward and could help pull either the Juventus defence or midfield out of position.
Carlos Tevez vs. Fabinho
When Toulalan was out against Arsenal, Fabinho played in the defensive midfield role, and you wouldn’t have believed it wasn’t quite natural for him.
He helped protect the back four, he covered Almamy Toure at right-back and even tried to get forward.
On Tuesday he will have to be even more vigilant, covering the movement of ex-Manchester United marksman Carlos Tevez. You can’t ask one of the two centre backs to watch him as his movement is too unpredictable and they would be pulled out of place, it will be up to Fabinho to stifle his presence.
If he can restrict the Argentine’s availability and reduce his effectiveness, Monaco have a chance.
One of the biggest battles is going to be Max Allegri vs Leonardo Jardim – both great philosophers, it will be very intriguing to see which coach gets it right on the night.
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonnuci, Chiellini, Evra; Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio; Pereyra; Tevez, Morata (4-3-1-2)
Monaco: Subasic; Raggi, Wallace, Abdennour, Kurzawa; Fabinho, Kondobgia; Silva, Moutinho; Ferreira Carrasco; Martial (4-2-3-1)