AS Monaco coach Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim says he is proud of his players despite their exit from this season’s UEFA Champions League.
Monaco lost 2-1 to Juventus in Turin in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Tuesday, crashing out 4-1 on aggregate.
But Jardim posited that his players did their best in both legs of the semi-final against Juventus.
“The players gave everything. We exit the competition with our heads held high,” Jardim said in his post-match press conference.
The last time Monaco got to the semifinal of the Champions League was in the 2003/2004 season where they elimnated Chelsea 5-3 on aggregate to advance into the final.
In the final, they lost 3-0 to a Jose Mourinho-led FC Porto side.
However, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has blamed his team’s profligacy in front of goal as reason for their elimination in the hands of Juventus after a 2-1 defeat in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
Juventus won the reverse fixture 2-1 in Turin to progress into their second final in three seasons 4-1 on aggregate.
Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves gave Juventus a 2-0 first half lead but Kylian Mbappe got a goal back for Monaco in the second half.
“They played really well and took their chances. We weren’t clinical enough when we had opportunities,” Falcao said in his post-match reaction.
“We fought hard all season for Monaco and for French football and we hope we’ll be better next season.”