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Monaco prepare for Juventus showdown as Dimitar Berbatov insists the Champions League semi-final is within their reach

  • Monaco host Juventus in the quarter-final second leg on Wednesday night 
  • The Italians hold a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg in Turin last week 
  • The squad were put through their paces on Tuesday ahead of the clash
  • Dimitar Berbatov is confident Monaco can progress to the semi-final 

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Nicholas Godden for MailOnline


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07:04 EST, 21 April 2015

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07:05 EST, 21 April 2015

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Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim put the finishing touches to his squad’s preparation on Tuesday as the French club geared up for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus.

Dimitar Berbatov and Co were put through their paces ahead of the clash at Stade Louis II on Wednesday with the Bulgarian striker insisting a place in the last four is within their reach.

A second-half Arturo Vidal penalty in Turin last week ensured that Juventus travel to the principality with a slender advantage.

Dimitar Berbatov is convinced Monaco can reach Champions League semi-final at the expense of Juventus

Leonardo Jardim addresses his players at training on Tuesday morning ahead of Juventus match

Monaco are bidding to overturn a 1-0 deficit after defeat in the first leg in Turin last week

Berbatov believes the French club are within reach of the semi-final and should not have lost in Italy

Monaco’s Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco arrives fro training

Monaco were aggrieved at the result after complaining at the award of the spot kick, with Jardim declaring the foul on Alvaro Morata by Ricardo Carvalho as non-existent.

And Berbatov is certain Monaco can right the wrong by eliminating the Serie A champions.

‘The Champions League semi-final is within our reach,’ Berbatov told Tuttosport.

‘We can do it against Juventus. We’re a good team, we’ve already shown that both against Arsenal and a week ago in Turin. We absolutely did not deserve to lose.

‘In the first half we should have had a penalty, if the referee had given it, it would have been a different game. 

Monaco coach Jardim watches on during the training session on Tuesday morning

Ricardo Carvalho (right), Elderson Echiejile (left) and Alain Traore arrive for training

Geoffrey Kondogbia controls the ball on his chest as Monaco gear up for quarter-final second leg

The Monaco squad warm up for training with a light jog ahead of the quarter-final against Juventus

The Monaco players are taken through their exercises as they train on Tuesday

‘Then in the second half we had a non-existent penalty given against us, but that’s football.

‘We look forward with confidence and optimism, we’re preparing well for the comeback. We know that Juve are a team which creates a lot, but also gives opportunities.

‘We know we have the ability to get to the next round.’

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