They have reached the ninth European Cup final of their history and, looking back, there was never any part of these two semi-final legs against Monaco that it looked like it would be any other way. The Monaco of Leonardo Jardim have been a splendid surprise this season, but Juventus are not a side who permit anyone to unsettle the great principles of how they play – most of the time they barely even tolerate conceding goals.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri couldn’t hide his joy as his well tutored side powered into the Champions League final on Tuesday night after strikes from Mario Mandzukic and former Barcelona player, Dani Alves despite a consolation effort from Monaco whizkid Kylian Mbappe.
Juventus are a team, and a club, who are coming of age again after the dark days of calciopoli, in this their second final in three years, and perhaps this will be their time in Cardiff on June 3. It will, in all likelihood, be Juventus against Real Madrid: the finest defence in the competition against Cristiano Ronaldo, the competition’s greatest-ever goalscorer, and something will have to give.
Juventus will now face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales.