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Ludovic Giuly backs his former club Monaco to reach the Champions League final

Ludovic Giuly backs his former club Monaco to reach the Champions League final
By PA Sport

21/04/2017 at 14:28Updated 21/04/2017 at 14:34

Former Monaco winger Ludovic Giuly believes the principality's "crazy" young team can overcome their more experienced opponents Juventus and reach the Champions League final in Cardiff.

The 40-year-old Lyonnais, who represented Monaco in the 2004 final against Porto, feels the current crop of Rouges et Blancs stars are more talented than his contemporaries of 13 years ago.

While Juve are the defensive masters in the competition this year, Monaco have been rampant in front of goal, with the likes of teenage striker Kylian Mbappe going from strength to strength as each match comes around.

The 18-year-old scored three goals across Monaco's 6-3 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.

Following Friday's last-four draw, which also pitted Real Madrid against their city rivals Atletico, Giuly told "Juventus have more experience than Monaco, but I'm happy with the draw.

"When faced with certain clubs, like Juventus, Real Madrid and Atletico, you must raise your game.

"But because of the level that the Monaco players are currently at, and the superb work of their coach (Leonardo Jardim), they can do it.

"They are young, they are crazy, and their talent will help them.

"I see a lot of similarities with our team in 2004, but with more talent this year.

"It's a squad that wants to do great things and they have demonstrated that since the start of the season.

"My prediction is that Monaco will win 2-1 at the Stade Louis II and it will be 1-1 at Juventus."