Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain scores one of his two goals against Monaco on Wednesday.
BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
AS Monaco are not giving up hope of beating Juventus in Turin and progressing to the final after going down 2-0 at home to the Italian champions in the Champions League first leg semi-final on Wednesday night.
“We fell against a great team, but I think Buffon made a great game. We showed a beautiful image, we had opportunities. We did not realize it, it’s like that … In any case I’m proud of our course, it’s still a semi-final. The return, it will be very very difficult. I do not know what our chances are. If we score first … But we will concentrate tomorrow on the match against Nancy, a very important game for us. You have to win all three points. The title is not acquired. And from Sunday, think about this return match. Miracles exist. We need to believe,” said the club’s Vice Preident, Vadim Vasilyev in a post-match conference.
Valère Germain said : “Juve is a great European team, with good players. It was difficult to create opportunities even if we had a few. They were very effective defensively. I think it’s deserved for them tonight. There is still hope to qualify, even if we know that it will be very hard to return. They scored very few goals but we still have 90 minutes to play.
“In football it can go very quickly, we did not imagine going to the semi-finals. So we can still make everything switch. We’ll have to recover. We have a game on Saturday against Nancy. It will be necessary to win to continue hoping to achieve our objective that is the Championship. “The Champions League is just a bonus.”
Djibril Sidibé: “We knew we had to score. So inevitably we are disappointed. We’ve had opportunities, so we have some regrets. I think it’s deserved. We must remain very focused to achieve our goal, which is the Championship. We’re going to recover because we’re very tired. Saturday is Nancy. It will be complicated in the face of a team that plays the game. ”
Radamel Falcao : “We tried to look for victory for 90 minutes, Juventus may have scored his goals in the best moments of Monaco. They are very tactical, very balanced, more effective than us, because we have the opportunities to score. Their defense was magnificent. But in football, everything is possible, we will fight to the end. We have a small percentage of qualifying, we will believe in our chances, give us 100%. This is going to be very difficult, they were unstoppable against Barcelona. Saturday, in L1, in Nancy, we have a very important match and a great opportunity to be champions. “