Tuesday 27 September 2016

Jardim backs Monaco young guns to march on

Published 22/04/2015 | 02:30

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is proud of what he has achieved in his 10 months at the helm
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is proud of what he has achieved in his 10 months at the helm

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim believes his team's march to the Champions League quarter-finals is proof that clubs do not have to splash the cash in order to achieve European success.

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Four years have passed since Dmitry Rybolovlev's takeover prompted a slew of big-name arrivals at the Stade Louis II, with the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho signed for hefty transfer fees. But the Russian billionaire has tightened the purse strings in recent seasons and Jardim has been forced to nurture young talent.

The principality club host Juventus at the Stade Louis II tonight looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the quarter-final first leg and Jardim is proud of what he has achieved in his 10 months at the helm.

"We went from the worst qualified team in the fourth pot, to winning the group, to knocking out a European giant in Arsenal (in the last 16)," he said.

"Right now, you could say that Monaco's coach is very proud of his players. We've shown that we don't need to make big investments to go far in this competition."

They will have to be on top form if they are to advance past a Juventus side well poised after Arturo Vidal's spot-kick winner in Turin last Tuesday.

Juve are bidding to reach their first Champions League semi-final for 12 years and boss Massimiliano Allegri is taking nothing for granted ahead of tonight's encounter.

"The clean sheet at home gives us a slight advantage, even though it won't be straightforward," he said.

Monaco are without the injured striker Lacina Traore and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko while Juve's Paul Pogba (hamstring) is also sidelined.

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