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TRAVELING WOES: Here's one thing that could worry Juve ahead of Monaco clash

May 2, 2017 By Michelle Bonsu
Juventus may have the best defense in this season's Champions League, but the Bianconeri still have their worries ahead of their trip to Monaco.

They have conquered the landscape of Italian football for the past few seasons. However, for Juventus, who are on the cusp of winning a sixth straight Scudetto, that is not enough. The Bianconeri are also in the finals of the Coppa Italia, meaning that at the very least, Massimiliano Allegri can win a domestic double whilst retaining both those titles.

But La Vecchia Signora want more. They want to finally re-establish themselves among Europe's elite sides, alongside the likes of LaLiga trio Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid, and German giants Bayern Munich. Of course, to do that, they will need to finally get their hands on the title that have eluded them for 21 years: the Champions League.

Although they made it to the final in 2015, they crashed out at the round of 16 a season later. In order to really be considered in the same tier as the aforementioned quartet, they need to at least feature in more finals, and more important, to actually win it.

Not there yet: Juve's record in the Champions League since winning it in 1996

1996/1997 - Lost 3-1 in the final to Borussia Dortmund

1997/1998 - Lost 1-0 in the final to Real Madrid

1998/1999 - Exited at semi-finals stage (vs. Manchester United)

1999/2000 - Did not feature

2000/2001 - Eliminated in the group stage

2001/ 2002 - Eliminated in group stage second round (pre-cursor to round of 16)

2002/2003 - Lost on penalties in the final to AC Milan

2003/2004 - Eliminated in round of 16 (vs. Deportivo La Coruña)

2004/2005 - Eliminated in quarter-finals (vs. Liverpool)

2005/2006 - Eliminated in quarter-finals (vs. Arsenal)

2006/2007 - Did not feature

2007/2008 - Did not feature

2008/2009 - Eliminated in quarter-finals (vs. Chelsea)

2009/2010 - Eliminated in the group stage

2010/2011 - Did not feature

2011/2012 - Did not feature

2012/2013 - Eliminated in quarter-finals (vs. Bayern Munich)

2013/2014 - Eliminated in the group stage

2014/2015 - Juventus made it to the final, but were no match for Barcelona, who defeated them 3-1 in Berlin

2015/2016 - Eliminated in the round of 16 (vs. Bayern Munich)

2016/2017 - ????

A look at Juve's record will reveal one thing: since winning it in 1996, they have featured in four finals. The Bianconeri had an opportunity to make it back to back titles in 1997 and 1998, but were defeated by Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

Home sweet home: Juve strong in Turin...but away from home is another matter

In order to get to the final, they obviously have to navigate their way through the semi-final. Overall, Juventus have a record of eight wins and three losses in two-legged ties. That in itself appears to be a pretty solid record, until one takes a look at this stat:

In the home leg, Juve's record is nine wins and two losses (W9 L2)

In the away leg, Juve's record is one win, four draws, and six losses (W1 D4 L6)

Plenty of food for thought for Juventus: their sole win, to date, was against Ajax in the 1996/1997 edition. They defeated them 2-1.

So, should Juve be worried? Perhaps not. As the saying goes, once one has done something, they can certainly do it again. Juventus have beaten Monaco before at this juncture; they defeated them 6-4 on aggregate during the 1997/1998 term.

Furthermore, here's a stat that further bolster's Juve's chances at making the final: To date, La Vecchia Signora have won all 11 of their two-legged contests against Ligue 1 opposition. And given their excellent record at Juventus Stadium, they surely will be hoping to extend that record to 12. But will their away struggles cost them dearly against a high-flying Monaco?




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