Buffon was the difference, says Jardim

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Juventus shut down Monaco to score two valuable away goals and keep a clean sheet in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.

The French league leaders have scored an incredible 146 goals in all competitions so far this season and boast some of Europe's most exciting young prospects as they look to make it to a first Champions League final since losing to Jose Mourinho's Porto in 2004. "The best thing is to believe it is possible, even if we only have a 5 percent chance", he said. This form has alerted many European clubs and impressed many pundits with former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand the latest to comment.

"It [winning the Ballon d'Or] is not something I think about, nor do I miss having it".

Higuain scored as many knockout stage goals against Leonardo Jardim's outfit as he had in his previous 24 appearances combined as Juventus seized the initiative in the tie, with a repeat of the 1998 final with Real Madrid most likely.

"Buffon made a couple of good saves in the match".

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon waves Juventus' supporters at the end of the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Monaco and Juventus at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

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He hit a Serie A record of 36 goals Napoli in the 2015-16 season, inspiring Juventus to pay the world's third highest transfer fee of 90 million euros ($97.99 million) for him last July. He produced two or three wonderful saves. Asked about Higuain's work rate, coach Massimiliano Allegri replied: "He always plays like that". It is hard now, but I told them that we have to believe, even if we have a only a 5% chance of making the final.

"If we can win there, that will give us motivation to launch a comeback in Turin". "They are a fearsome team and the only way to beat them was playing the way we did". "We do have an advantage but we also know Monaco have excellent players capable of scoring away".

6 - Juventus have kept 6 consecutive clean sheets for the first time in their Champions League history.

Monaco, free scoring and risky with their youthful side all season, showed moments of threat which could unnerve Juve in the second leg on 9 May.

He regularly tested his aim against Juve, worrying Gianluigi Buffon - 21 years his senior - with shots after cutting inside from the left.

The Italian champion showed there is a considerable gulf in class between the two sides, winning 2-0 to strike a significant blow heading into next Tuesday's return leg in Turin. "They had two clear-cut chances and scored twice".