Juventus appear likely to qualify for the final of the UEFA Champions League for the eighth time, and the second time in the last three years, when they take a two-goal aggregate lead into the second leg of their semifinal against AS Monaco on Tuesday. Juventus survived an early scare when Mbappe's shot from a tight angle came off the inside of the far post, although the teenager had been flagged offside.
Juventus' scorer Dani Alves, center, and his teammates Claudio Marchisio, right, and Gianluigi Buffon, left, celebrate their side's 2nd goal during the Champions League semi final second leg soccer match between Juventus and.
Giorgio Chiellini was forced into action with a desperate clearance at the back post to deny Radamel Falcao a simple tap-in - much to the delight of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon - though Juve looked risky as Danijel Subasic had to make a smart stop from Croatian compatriot Mandzukic. Juventus also have some incredible forwards, making them a true double-threat.
A second-half strike from £100million Mbappe - courted by a host of Europe's elite clubs along with Arsene Wenger's Gunners - briefly hinted at a fightback, but Juve were strong enough to see out the tie. Subasic punched a corner clear but it fell to Alves, who volleyed it into the back of the net from outside the area. Juventus forward Paulo Dybala limped off during Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Torino, which ended his side's run of 33 consecutive home league wins, but coach Massimiliano Allegri said it was just a case of cramp.
"I don't think money is the only lever to achieve results", Marotta said. Play an aggressive game, play well technically and even better than we did in Monaco, where we were often wrong, with more patience. I am very happy with what the lads have done. Monaco coach Jardim: "On the one hand there was a very experienced team and on the other there was a young side. It is not easy to make it into the Champions League final, and now we are at a crucial moment of the season, so tomorrow we need to refocus because we have won nothing yet". Dani Alves has returned strongly from his injury in the winter and is a hugely important player for us, bringing a wealth of global experience.
"We should not be obsessed in getting the victory at all costs, because the result from the first leg gives us a degree of control".
"We exit the competition with our heads held high".
"We have to be confident against Juventus, even though it's going to be very hard", Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said.