When Juventus qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, the hashtag #PrayForMonaco was spread by Juve fans. It was a thought an 'easy' side would help the Italians build their confidence levels and prepare them for the tougher challenges in the future. Instead, the draw in pitted them against Borussia Dortmund.
Watching the team from the Principality demolish Arsenal in London shook a few critics who were sure to see the English side triumph. Demonstrating defensive organisation and a wonderful ability to counter-attack, Monaco scored three goals and were instantly respected for their strategy. The question was, were they very good or were the Gunners simply very bad?
The second leg revealed a fuller story. Leonardo Jardim's men may boast a stingy defence and the capability to play ugly games to grind out wins but they were fighting with every inch of their lives, hoofing the ball as far away as possible to stop Arsene Wenger's men from scoring.
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