Juventus 2-1 Monaco: Player ratings

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  • Juventus secured their place in the Champions League final after coasting to a 2-1 win over Monaco in Turin.

    The Serie A leaders never looked like letting slip a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, and tightened their grip on the tie when Mario Mandzukic put them ahead after 33 minutes.

    Brazilian defender Dani Alves crashed in a superb second just before half-time.

    Monaco’s 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe netted a consolation in the 69th minute as Massimiliano Allegri’s impressively organised Italian side booked their place at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on June 3.

    Below is how we rated both sets of players.


    Gigi Buffon –  Another exemplary display from the 39-year-old who was finally beaten by Mbappe 7/10

    Andrea Barzagli – An absolute phenom at the back, he barely gave the livewire Mbappe a kick 7/10

    Leonardo Bonucci – His passing out the back enabled Juve to counter through the transition at pace 7/10

    Giorgio Chiellini – Two outstanding blocks, one to head away Mendy’s fizzed cross and the other, a quite stunning block to steer away another Mendy ball into the box 8/10

    Dani Alves – Across the two legs the former Barcelona full-back has been outstanding, both in attack and defensively. His goal was technically perfect 8/10

    Sami Khedira – Went off injured early on with a hamstring complaint N/A

    Miralem Pjanic – Missed a big chance in the first half but his work rate cannot be overlooked 6/10

    Alex Sandro – Bundle of energy on the left flank but he had a relatively quiet night 6/10

    Paulo Dybala – His awareness to drop in deeper to create attacks was first class 7/10

    Mario Mandzukic – A nuisance all night and he took his goal well after Subasic’s initial save 7/10

    Gonzalo Higuain – The Argentine had a couple of decent chances but didn’t make Monaco pay 6/10


    Claudio Marchisio for Khedira (10′, 7), Juan Cudrado for Dybala (54′, 6), Medhi Benatia for Barzagli (85′)


    Danijel Subasic – Harsh on Subasic who made some great stops but his punch which lead to Alves’ goal was weak 7/10

    Kamil Glik – A solid clearance from Higuain in the first half but his stamp on the striker after the break was nasty 6/10

    Jemerson – Was caught out of position numerous times and Juve should have punished his napping 5/10

    Andrea Raggi – A brilliant slide tackle to deny Pjanic a certain goal but he also looked a little exposed to Juve’s counter attacks 6/10

    Benjamin Mendy – Came into the side on late notice but his deliveries from the left were dangerous 6/10

    Joao Moutinho – He was at the heart of Monaco’s attacking onslaught in the first 20 minutes and grabbed himself a nice assist 7/10

    Tiemoue Bakayoko – Struggled again as he did in the first leg. Looked overawed by Juve’s midfield 5/10

    Bernardo Silva – He had license to roam but wherever he moved a Juve man was close by 6/10

    Djibril Sidibe – A quiet performance nothing really of note 6/10

    Kylain Mbappe – The 18-year-old was a persistent threat and he eventually grabbed a well deserved goal 7/10

    Radamel Falcao – Any other defender not named Chiellini and he might have had a goal tonight 6/10


    Fabinho for Mendy (55′, 6), Lemar for Silva (69′, 6), Germain for Bakayoko (78′)


    Dani Alves

    A tough decision given how outstanding Chiellini performed but over the course of the two legs, the Brazilian has been world class.

    His finish was simply superb and the 34-year-old’s energy to track and quell the danger of Mbappe as he roamed out wide was vintage Alves.